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James Cromwell shares he is playing ‘Benjamin Lockwood’ who has a connection to John Hammond in Jurassic World 2!

The news keeps roaring in! After last nights thunderous announcement that Jeff Goldblum will return as Dr. Ian Malcolm in Jurassic World 2, the first plot detail have hit via James Cromwell! While he doesn’t say much, what he does say is enough to get our already excited selves more thrilled.

Watch the clip below where James Cromwell appeared on Larry King, and read on for more!

“The character Richard Attenborough plays [John Hammond], I’m his partner, uh Benjamin Lockwood, and we developed the technology of being able to clone the genes – and so I am, uh, trying to deal with the blowback from what we have done.”

It sounds like the world has changed to become much less receptive of dinosaurs post the disastrous events of Jurassic World. As the movie is said to deal with ‘animal rights‘, and enough evidence has come out showing that it will feature a rescue mission of sorts, we’re willing to bet he is funding the attempts to ‘save them‘. Further, this seems to be the final bit of confirmation that James Cromwell’s Lockwood is the owner of the mansion seen in the first official set picture.

The implications this has for the story are incredibly fascinating – just where was Lockwood during the events of Jurassic Park, The Lost World, and Jurassic World? Why has Hammond, Masrani, or nobody else ever spoken of him, and why is he just now stepping out of the shadows? I have hypothesized that whomever owns the mansion may be a dark reflection of John Hammond, a less than ideal version of his already flawed self. While it’s likely that Lockwood is a protagonist, part of me can’t help but to distrust him and his motives.

The still untitled Jurassic World sequel releases June 2018, which cannot come soon enough. As always, sound off in the comments below and stay tuned for the latest news!

Until then, listen to our latest podcast where we discuss this news along with the return of Malcolm!

Thanks to Brian Belukha for sharing this news!

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15 thoughts on “James Cromwell shares he is playing ‘Benjamin Lockwood’ who has a connection to John Hammond in Jurassic World 2!

  1. This movie is just getting better and better with each new news item.
    Everything about it just screams AMAZING. I have a hard time believing this movie will be bad of mediocre. This has got to be epic!

  2. I’m sure everyone has already heard of this, but another actor mentioned today that he is playing the role of a “submarine pilot” involving an “epic” sequence with aquatic dinosaurs. Sounds pretty awesome!

  3. Wow, to find out they are partners and not rivals sounds even more interesting. I really hope he is a protagonist in the film, he was great on American Horror Story. Now that we know Ian is back, I wonder if they ever meet and what there dynamic would be. So many more questions have been raised, this is awesome.

  4. The information we’re getting keeps getting better and better. Truly pulling for this film to resonate with me in a way ‘World’ just didn’t.

  5. Ok, here’s a theory: Lockwood worked with Hammond to pioneer the genetic technology in the begining. When they suceeded, Hammond cut and run, ousting Lockwood from Ingen and building his ill fated park. Lockwood in the meantime founds his own company; Biosyn.
    He pays off Nedry to steal back the tech he helped to create.
    That would explain why we haven’t heard his name yet and answer some questions from the first film… Well, that’s my theory anyway.

    1. That can actually be used as plothole solution for all of the movies:
      – Lockwood/BioSyn people do some sabogage/hostile takover on SS Venture causing ships crew dead and T-Rex escape
      – Lockwood/BioSyn pays Billy Brennan / offers Kirbys a large amount of money for raptor eggs.
      – LockWood/BioSyn raids Isla Sorna and other islands in order to capture some specimen
      – LockWood/BioSyn hires Hoskins as their intel at Jurassic World

  6. Oh, well… The addition of Ian Malcolm and the description of this Lockwood character seem to convey the notion that the idea of dinos being used as weapons, at least as a significant part of the main plot, won’t be happening. To me, even if this is hinted at or has not been completely dropped, it won’t be the most part of JW2, and that makes me happy. There seems to be much more involved in this sequel than just the idea of weaponized dinos or dinos being used in wars. What a relief! From the drops of information we’ve been getting, the plot of the new movie seems to be much denser than the previous one. The second trilogy appears to be headed towards a building tension which will peak and be solved at JW3. Add to that the gift we’ve been given of Bayona directing this film and I’m pretty confident. Can’t wait for the first trailer.

      1. I know, right? To me, they could release a JP movie a year. Sometimes I think it’d be best if Disney bought the rights of the story, as they did with Star Wars, and maybe they’d come up with a dozen spin offs and yearly JP films for us to feast on. lol

        1. Agreed. Jurassic park is a hugely popular franchise. It should be treated like Star Wars with yearly movies. 3 years is too long in between.

          1. Agree with you. Nonetheless, I know we’ll have to make do with whatever they decide to give us, be it with three/four year hiatus between movies or, even worse, 14 years! ; )

  7. Gosh! When we have a sudden flow of news followed by a spree of silence, it kills me! It makes me hungry for more!

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