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Iron Man 3's Ty Simpkins takes lead role in Jurassic World; Jake Johnson also in the mix

10.14.2013

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I'm sure there will be a barrage of negativity to the casting of Ty Simpkins in JURASSIC WORLD as folks tend to be less than enthused about youngsters in their big-budget franchises, especially in a lead role. Deadline is reporting that Simpkins, fresh off of IRON MAN 3, has been cast as just that, with New Girl's Jake Johnson also being in the mix, although not confirmed. For me, Simpkins feels like a well-placed actor for a kid's role in the film and I'm sure producers considered his credits in the INSIDIOUS films and experience with the big-budget environment to be a plus. He got a lot of shit for IRON MAN 3, but I thought he was pretty good as annoying kids in movies go.

For Johnson, I'm wondering if he's vying for the role that John Krasinski was in the running for as they both have that kind of "aw shucks" air about them. However, if I had to pit either one of them against a dinosaur theme park run amuck, I think I'd go with Johnson. He's got a little more attitude about him, wheras Krasinski, who is a totally likable dude, isn't quite as charismatic. That's just my take. So far, the only other name floating around for the film is Bryce Dallas Howard, although she still has yet to be confirmed. I'd expect we'll start hearing a full roster very soon, though, as shooting is set to commence shortly.

JURASSIC WORLD is set to roar on June 12, 2015.

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Extra Tidbit: Then, there's always those returning cast member rumors...Who would YOU like to see return from the first three films?
Source: Deadline

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10:22AM on 10/15/2013

I know which character Ty Simpkins is playing:

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11:58AM on 10/16/2013
I almost spit my food in front of the screen!! HAHAHAHA
I almost spit my food in front of the screen!! HAHAHAHA
6:03AM on 10/15/2013

Oh no... A kid

This just means that this kid will never get killed, and will be screaming the whole movie or have some special attributes that will save the older characters.
This just means that this kid will never get killed, and will be screaming the whole movie or have some special attributes that will save the older characters.
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1:08PM on 10/15/2013
Such as gymnastics, so he can beat up velociraptors while spinning on a bar?
Such as gymnastics, so he can beat up velociraptors while spinning on a bar?
9:22PM on 10/14/2013
The fake pitch trailer looked pretty cool; reminded me of David Attenborough's Flying Monsters (a fun 3D documentary). I'm absolutely fine with the lead in this film being a kid. Part of the point of the Jurassic Park films is to make the audience feel the joy and wonderment of their early years again, and then flipping that on its head with some thrills and scares. I liked Iron Man 3 a lot and thought Ty Simpkins did alright in it. He isn't a Jake Lloyd as far as I'm concerned.
The fake pitch trailer looked pretty cool; reminded me of David Attenborough's Flying Monsters (a fun 3D documentary). I'm absolutely fine with the lead in this film being a kid. Part of the point of the Jurassic Park films is to make the audience feel the joy and wonderment of their early years again, and then flipping that on its head with some thrills and scares. I liked Iron Man 3 a lot and thought Ty Simpkins did alright in it. He isn't a Jake Lloyd as far as I'm concerned.
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8:10PM on 10/14/2013
I was really looking forward to this film, especially when it was utterly insane and had dinosaur soldiers, but I don't like the director. I don't know how they picked him. I didn't like his last (or first?) film and I don't know how producers thought that movie equates to a Jurassic Park movie, one that's not just a sequel but one trying to make the series popular again. I don't even remember this kid from IM3, but I don't really want a kid as the lead. I'd realllllly like to have Krasinski
I was really looking forward to this film, especially when it was utterly insane and had dinosaur soldiers, but I don't like the director. I don't know how they picked him. I didn't like his last (or first?) film and I don't know how producers thought that movie equates to a Jurassic Park movie, one that's not just a sequel but one trying to make the series popular again. I don't even remember this kid from IM3, but I don't really want a kid as the lead. I'd realllllly like to have Krasinski just bc I like him, but I guess the main thing that is getting me down is that video. Where the fuck did that come from? Where was it shown at? That does not make me want to see the film at all and is basically just JP2. If that were the trailer, I definitely wouldn't go see the movie. Jurassic Park is just such a special movie. I hope they can bring some of that back and don't just do the same thing (which is why I was for the Dino-soldiers story, certainly haven't seen that movie yet)
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7:59PM on 10/14/2013

I'd like to see...

Jake Johnson get a role in a movie like this. Likeable guy, and a good actor.
Jake Johnson get a role in a movie like this. Likeable guy, and a good actor.
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7:12PM on 10/14/2013
As far as child actors go Ty Simpkins is pretty good so i have no problem with that. I don't know a whole ton about Jake Johnson though.
As far as child actors go Ty Simpkins is pretty good so i have no problem with that. I don't know a whole ton about Jake Johnson though.
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6:17PM on 10/14/2013
Some directors are good with working with kids in films, and Spielberg is one of the best. Before Jurassic Park, he had experience with ET, Empire of the Sun, Hook, and even Short Round in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. That's why Lex and Tim worked so well in the first movie (I'll forgive him for Lost World since part of the problem there was the way the kid was written). I'm not sure about this new director. Maybe it will work and maybe it won't. I just hope he isn't the "lead". You
Some directors are good with working with kids in films, and Spielberg is one of the best. Before Jurassic Park, he had experience with ET, Empire of the Sun, Hook, and even Short Round in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. That's why Lex and Tim worked so well in the first movie (I'll forgive him for Lost World since part of the problem there was the way the kid was written). I'm not sure about this new director. Maybe it will work and maybe it won't. I just hope he isn't the "lead". You need someone with more experience to carry these films.
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5:45PM on 10/14/2013
that kid has a giant fucking head! HEAD PAPER NOW!!!!
that kid has a giant fucking head! HEAD PAPER NOW!!!!
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4:56PM on 10/14/2013

Wait.....WHAT!?

No no no no no no NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. [link] [link] [link] U mean to tell me there is gonna be no Dr. Grant and no Malcolm.
No no no no no no NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. [link] [link] [link] U mean to tell me there is gonna be no Dr. Grant and no Malcolm.
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3:48PM on 10/14/2013
Make no mistake, the kid WAS annoying in Iron Man 3. The script might not have been calling for him to be THAT annoying, but he played the part well. A lot better than the majority of child actors out there right now. The only thing that consistently portrays children well on screen is Game of Thrones, in my opinion. Hopefully Ty Simpkins won't be too over-the-top or try too hard to be cute. The kids that portrayed Lex and Timmy in the 1st movie were phenomenal, and they helped carry a lot of
Make no mistake, the kid WAS annoying in Iron Man 3. The script might not have been calling for him to be THAT annoying, but he played the part well. A lot better than the majority of child actors out there right now. The only thing that consistently portrays children well on screen is Game of Thrones, in my opinion. Hopefully Ty Simpkins won't be too over-the-top or try too hard to be cute. The kids that portrayed Lex and Timmy in the 1st movie were phenomenal, and they helped carry a lot of emotional weight into the movie. Let's hope Simpkins can do the same here. My plea to the director: just please don't make another awful Jurassic Park movie!!
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3:36PM on 10/14/2013
Dads get eaten by dinosaurs, there's no need to be a pussy about it.
Dads get eaten by dinosaurs, there's no need to be a pussy about it.
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2:40PM on 10/14/2013
I like Jake Johnson a lot. When he is in something, he makes it better. He was really good in Safety Not Guaranteed, he has great chemistry with everyone in New Girl and he carried Drinking Buddies. He's got something. I support this fully.

Children roles are really important in the JP universe so it is important to have that role. As far as child actors bringing films down, if the expectation is that they are going to fail then they aren't being given a fair shot. We do it with adults
I like Jake Johnson a lot. When he is in something, he makes it better. He was really good in Safety Not Guaranteed, he has great chemistry with everyone in New Girl and he carried Drinking Buddies. He's got something. I support this fully.

Children roles are really important in the JP universe so it is important to have that role. As far as child actors bringing films down, if the expectation is that they are going to fail then they aren't being given a fair shot. We do it with adults too. (Affleck)
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8:14PM on 10/14/2013
Ah that's right. I forgot he was in this guy's safety not guaranteed. That's his connection. I don't have a problem with him, but I prefer Krasinski. And I don't have a problem with kid actors - I didn't even complain about the kid in phantom menace - I just don't want him to be the MAIN character. At least let his dad be.
Ah that's right. I forgot he was in this guy's safety not guaranteed. That's his connection. I don't have a problem with him, but I prefer Krasinski. And I don't have a problem with kid actors - I didn't even complain about the kid in phantom menace - I just don't want him to be the MAIN character. At least let his dad be.
2:39PM on 10/14/2013
I don't mind either of these, I didn't think Ty Simpkins was annoying in Iron Man 3. And I liked Jake Johnson in Safety not Guaranteed & new girl..... I just want this movie to be finally made
I don't mind either of these, I didn't think Ty Simpkins was annoying in Iron Man 3. And I liked Jake Johnson in Safety not Guaranteed & new girl..... I just want this movie to be finally made
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2:38PM on 10/14/2013
That Jurassic World pitch trailer isn't real. It was for an old video game that never got made.
That Jurassic World pitch trailer isn't real. It was for an old video game that never got made.
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2:46PM on 10/14/2013
Yessir. That's why we didn't cover it. Just there for fun, yo.
Yessir. That's why we didn't cover it. Just there for fun, yo.
8:16PM on 10/14/2013
Oh man, thank god. I thought that was some comic con video or something. It made me not even want to see this movie.
Oh man, thank god. I thought that was some comic con video or something. It made me not even want to see this movie.
2:24PM on 10/14/2013
I have a bad feeling about this :/
I have a bad feeling about this :/
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1:56PM on 10/14/2013
Let's be honest here, child actors are usually the poison to most movies and there's only a handful like Carrie Henn as Newt who managed to slip in seamlessly with their surroundings. Both of the kids from The Lost World and JPIII were horribly annoying but even Lex and Tim have their moments (specifically Lex) in the original and that movie is a 10/10 purely unfiltered classic in my eyes.

So while on one hand child actors are mostly misses in the hit or miss department on the other this
Let's be honest here, child actors are usually the poison to most movies and there's only a handful like Carrie Henn as Newt who managed to slip in seamlessly with their surroundings. Both of the kids from The Lost World and JPIII were horribly annoying but even Lex and Tim have their moments (specifically Lex) in the original and that movie is a 10/10 purely unfiltered classic in my eyes.

So while on one hand child actors are mostly misses in the hit or miss department on the other this kid was pretty solid in Iron Man 3 and stood out as one of the better kid actors I've seen recently, so I'm alright with this... though a little worried about the "lead role" title.
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1:37PM on 10/14/2013
Kids are only as bad as the script is, specifically to JP universe, a gymnastic flip kick to a raptor being more effective that mercenaries with guns. Plus this kid got called a pussy in Iron Man 3.
Kids are only as bad as the script is, specifically to JP universe, a gymnastic flip kick to a raptor being more effective that mercenaries with guns. Plus this kid got called a pussy in Iron Man 3.
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1:57PM on 10/14/2013
My favorite movie with kids... The Monster Squad.
My favorite movie with kids... The Monster Squad.
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1:33PM on 10/14/2013
my biggest concern is that a kid has the leading role.. but, well, let's wait.. and I really liked Jake Johnson in Safety not guaranteed, also directed by Trevorrow, so it's not a surprise
my biggest concern is that a kid has the leading role.. but, well, let's wait.. and I really liked Jake Johnson in Safety not guaranteed, also directed by Trevorrow, so it's not a surprise
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1:23PM on 10/14/2013
I like the idea of Ty Simpkins. He's a good child actor and was one of the best parts about both Insidious films and easily Iron Man 3.

I don't like Jake Johnson though. I think he's a terrible actor who has no range. Krasinski is a much MUCH better choice if it's the role that they are both competing for. He would bring alot more depth and charisma to the role.
I like the idea of Ty Simpkins. He's a good child actor and was one of the best parts about both Insidious films and easily Iron Man 3.

I don't like Jake Johnson though. I think he's a terrible actor who has no range. Krasinski is a much MUCH better choice if it's the role that they are both competing for. He would bring alot more depth and charisma to the role.
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