"That’ll do, Indominus Rex, that’ll do."
Come on, Universal. Send the message down from on high. Jurassic World 2 needs this line.
After all, if you’re going to cast the farmer from Babe in a monster movie, you can’t very well pass by an opportunity to treat a massive genetically engineered dinosaur like an adorable talking pig.
And yes, James Cromwell’s career has certainly involved plenty of roles which surpass the time he entered a sheepdog competition with the wrong animal. He won an Emmy for his work on American Horror Story, and he even played the prestigious role of a dead man in a hologram in the Will Smith movie I Robot. Truly, it’s been a rollercoaster ride for this humble pig farmer.
Perhaps most significantly (it’s certainly the movie that most people are talking about in conjunction with this new role) is the time Cromwell previously acted alongside Jurassic World star Bryce Dallas Howard.
In one of the many cinematic iterations of Spider-Man, Howard played Gwen Stacy, while Cromwell played her father, Captain Stacy.
This, in case you’re not clear, is Spider-Man 3, the movie in which neither Stacy is murdered as a direct result of Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man poking someone with a science-related stick until the mutate themselves into green monsters. Basically everything in the Amazing Spider-Man universe would have gone better if Peter Parker had just stayed at home.
Now, considering that the Jurassic World is a fairly forgettable movie, it’s clear that Universal are really aiming to punch things up with the sequel. Cromwell is merely the latest in a long line of distinguished actors to sign onto the project, including, most notably, Toby Jones.
Unlike James Cromwell, it’s hard to describe Jones with a single pig-related role. He voiced Dobby in the Harry Potter movies, played Zola in a couple of Captain Americas, was a creepy television host in The Hunger Games, creeped everyone out as the Dream Lord in Doctor Who, and most recently was seen playing the world’s most disturbing hospital baron in Sherlock.
It’s wrong to say that anything Toby Jones touches turns to gold, but it’s certainly true that he has a habit of turning up in cult classics and enormous blockbusters alike.
With Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt confirmed for the Jurassic World sequel, and a bunch of other notable actors including Ted Levine, Justice Smith, and Daniella Pineda also involved with the project, this movie does look like it might manage to justify yet another movie about the world’s most poorly run amusement park.
Because seriously, how many times do dinosaurs have to maul civilians before everyone decides that putting children near giant lizard monsters is a bad idea?
The scientists should have stuck to something useful, like creating pigs that can herd sheep.