Scarlett Johansson in talks to lead new Jurassic World movie

The Oscar nominee could follow in fellow Marvel star Chris Pratt’s footsteps with a starring role in new dinosaur adventure

Scarlett Johansson is reportedly in talks to lead a new Jurassic World movie.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the two-time Oscar nominated actor could follow on from her Marvel co-star Chris Pratt with a starring role in the latest installment of the dinosaur franchise.

Pratt led 2015’s Jurassic World and its two follow-ups, the last of which brought back original stars Sam Neill and Laura Dern. It made over $1bn worldwide.

The new film will be directed by Gareth Edwards, whose most recent film The Creator starred John David Washington and was nominated for two Oscars. Edwards has also directed 2014’s Godzilla and 2016’s Rogue One. The script comes from David Koepp, who wrote the screenplay for the 1993 original Jurassic Park.


The reboot, which is expected to focus on an entirely new set of characters, was originally set to be directed by Bullet Train’s David Leitch but he left the project back in February.

The film is already dated for summer 2025 so production is aiming to start soon. Other films set to premiere that season include Superman: Legacy and Mission: Impossible 8.

Johansson most recently starred in Wes Anderson’s Asteroid City and North Star, a comedy directed by Kristin Scott Thomas, which premiered at last year’s Toronto film festival. It has yet to find a US distributor.

The actor will next be seen alongside Channing Tatum in an untitled romantic comedy set during the 1960s space race. She will also head up the TV series remake of the legal thriller Just Cause which will be written by recent Oscar-winner Cord Jefferson following on from his American Fiction success.

In total, all Jurassic movies have made over $6bn in total worldwide box office.

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