Idris Elba Takes the Lead in ‘Jurassic World’

A casting call gives the actor top billing in this sequel. No character details are yet known.

Idris Elba rumored to star in Jurassic World
Idris Elba rumored to star in Jurassic World
The cast of Universal Pictures' Jurassic World is coming together quite rapidly, with Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson and Josh Brolin becoming attached within a matter of weeks. Today, we have learned that Idris Elba has joined the cast.

The news originated from, which cites sources close to the production, and reveals that the actor is in talks to star in an unspecified role.

Idris Elba was also revealed as a part of the cast in a casting call that recently went out. The listing also mentions Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson and Josh Brolin, whom we reported on Friday, and who is in early negotiations. However, this new casting call doesn't mention New Girl's Jake Johnson, who has been rumored for a supporting role.

Here is the brief plot rundown given in the casting call.

"Jurassic World is set in present day Isla Nublar, now an actual theme park, as originally intended by John Hammond in the first film. It garners 10 million visitors per year and is completely safe - until it's not. The park itself is described as very Sea World-esque and includes an area called the Isla Nublar Lagoon. That means underwater dino's for the first time."

Colin Trevorrow is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Derek Connolly. According to the casting notice, production will take place in Los Angeles, Baton Rougue, Louisiana and Hawaii, although it isn't known exactly when shooting may begin.

Idris Elba, who starred in this summer's Pacific Rim, will next be seen in Thor: The Dark World and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

Jurassic World comes to theaters June 12th, 2015 and stars Ty Simpkins, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio, Irrfan Khan, B.D. Wong, Omar Sy. The film is directed by Colin Trevorrow.

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  1. MovieManiac

    I love Idris Elba. Definitely a great choice.

    1 year agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  2. MillerFarrow

    @CelluloidDreams He's not on 'Ironside'.

    1 year agoby @MillerFarrowFlag

  3. EmmyttWolfe

    Well I am now for sure seeing this.

    1 year agoby @EmmyttWolfeFlag

  4. K.Guy

    okay, but can we get some memorable characters from the trilogy?

    1 year agoby @kguyFlag

  5. Zak Lee Ferguson

    What upsets me is Idris selection of feature films, i think he picked upon many opportunities and selective to make a shine in them but as of late he's being held back up until these offers have a flow since his stoic performance in Pacific Rim. But still worried, will this benefit of Elba or will the film be a bad movie, a great actor with previous bad track record as the only thing that shines in the film - PROM NIGHT- GHOST RIDER 2- numerous!

    1 year agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  6. CelluloidDreams

    I guess since NBC canceled the drama 'Ironside' ...he needs the money!

    1 year agoby @2movieguysFlag

  7. Sean

    Awesome casting!

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  8. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    YES! A million times YES!

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

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