Variety reports that Josh Brolin is in “early talks” to star in Jurassic World, the upcoming fourth Jurassic Park movie, directed by Safety Not Guaranteed’s Colin Trevorrow. (Come to think of it, Safety Not Guaranteed would actually make a lovely subtitle for a Jurassic Park movie.) If he signs on, Brolin would join a cast that is rumored to include Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, and Nick Robinson.
Jurassic World would be Brolin’s biggest project to date—which may not necessarily be a good thing. Typically, Brolin excels in smaller movies by major directors, like the Coens’ No Country For Old Men and Gus Van Sant’s Milk. His track record in action films (Gangster Squad), comic-book movies (Jonah Hex), and sequels (Men In Black 3, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) is a lot shakier. He’s the star of the upcoming American Oldboy, which will be an interesting test of this pattern; it’s made by a great director (Spike Lee), but it’s also a remake.
There are no specifics yet about Brolin’s role in the film (Variety says Simpkins and Robinson will play brothers), or any kind of details about the plot, but my inside sources tell me dinosaurs may be involved somehow.