If you’re out for a Sunday stroll on the Brecon Beacons this summer, keep an eye out for packs of velociraptors running around the hills, and for Hollywood megastar Chris Pratt.
Jurassic World 2 director J A Bayona let slip in an interview with Spanish site Magazine Digital that “el lugar de filmacion” was “el parque nacional de Brecon Beacons en Gales” – which even my AS-Level Spanish can translate as meaning, the place of filming is the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales - right on the Herefordshire border.
And you can see why:
Senor Bayona also went on to confirm a June 2018 premiere date for the follow up to last years’ record-breaking reboot. Which – given how much CGI is likely to be involved in turning Pen-Y-Fan in to the Isla Nubla – means it’s not unreasonable to think that most of the filming will be going on this summer.
The studio has been notably cagey about details for the sequel. However, for dino fans, this is what we know so far:
- Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will return as raptor-whisperer Owen Grady and ex-park chief Claire Dearing. Presumably ‘Blue’ and ‘Rexy’ will be back too.
- Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow – who has swapped T-Rexs for stormtroopers as he heads up a new Star Wars film – told fan site Jurassic Outpost that the second Jurassic World offering will be “more suspenseful and scary” under Bayona.
- It will also look in to “man’s relationship with animals – dinosaurs are a parable of the treatment of today’s animals; abuse, experiments in medicine….animals and weapons.”
- And Steven Spielberg will be kicking around as well. ‘The King of Entertainment’ has been involved throughout the Jurassic reboot, and who knows, maybe he’ll drop in to the Barrels after a long day directing dinosaurs.