Universal Pictures have a tight grip on the Jurassic franchise. While other studios overload audiences with marketing for a blockbuster months (if not years) ahead of the release, Universal like to keep things quiet, and this policy extends to the cast and crew who are contractually obliged to not share details about the film.
This is nothing new for Jurassic fans and stories of script security and news embargoes stretch way back. Today, in an interview with HeyUGuys and while promoting his new movie The Ritual, British actor Rafe Spall revealed one tidbit from the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. He revealed his character name, previously understood to be ‘Mills’.
In the interview below, while immediately prefacing what he says by saying he has no idea what he can say, he praises director J.A. Bayona and the script itself which has been penned by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly. Watch the interview below (starting at 04:31):
Rafe’s co-star Bryce Dallas Howard previous revealed to the interviewer that the script for Fallen Kingdom is “one of the best” she’s ever read.
Rafe reveals that his character name is Eli Mills, and is present throughout the whole movie. He believes it to be a really great part and he enjoyed filming.
In another interview with the Metro, the actor shared his thoughts on working with animatronic dinosaurs on set, claiming it was “freaky and wonderful” to work with such prosthetic beasts. According to the article, he wasn’t clear on how the filming process would work when he stepped on set but was “delighted to discover that many of the dinos were operated by puppeteers.” He went on to say:
“Acting with the dinosaurs was really special. There were puppeteers underneath the sound stage who were operating them and they would have a camera down there so they could see who was approaching. It was freaky and wonderful.”
Animatonic dinosaurs are nothing new to the franchise, but the production of Jurassic World unfortunately only had one animatronic on set. Writer/Producer Colin Trevorrow revealed to us that animatronics were making a comeback in the sequel so it’s great to hear that cast members had many interactions with them on set.
Thanks to Brycen for sending the video our way! Also thank to Fede on Twitter for the heads up.