Jurassic World has found its villain, and it’s not a T-Rex or Velociraptor. Deadline reports that Vincent D’Onofrio has landed the antagonist role in director Colin Trevorrow’s follow-up, about which we know next to nothing. One assumes the dinosaurs will still be the main threat for the film’s protagonists as D’Onofrio will likely be playing the pic’s human baddie, probably someone trying to turn a buck in the face of growing concerns, though it’s also possible that Trevorrow has crafted a decidedly different feature in which a human character is actively controlling/using the dinosaurs to attack the core group of heroes.
In addition to the casting of D’Onofrio, Deadline reports that Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi) has been set in a supporting role for Jurassic World. Khan was first mentioned in connection with the project last year, so this is more of a confirmation that breaking casting news. As for D’Onofrio, this marks the first major villain role in a prominent feature for the actor since 2000’s The Cell. He led the successful TV series Law & Order: Criminal Intent for a decade until the show came to a close in 2011, but he’s been booking roles in interesting projects ever since. He recently wrapped The Judge opposite Robert Downey Jr. and will star opposite Liam Neeson in the thriller Run All Night.
Trevorrow co-wrote Jurassic World with Derek Connolly based on an existing script by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. The cast is led by Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, who are joined by youngers Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer) and Ty Simpkins (Insidious). Expect more casting announcements soon as the film gears up to start production in April. Jurassic World will open in 3D on June 12, 2015.