Omar Sy joins Chris Pratt, Irrfan Khan, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jake Johnson and others in the 4th installment of Steven Spielberg’s Dinosaur-Park Saga titled “Jurassic World,” set for release on June 12, 2015 stateside and in the U.K.
Colin Trevorrow is directing the latest in the franchise, which will no longer see Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill and Laura Dern in the leads of Ian Malcolm, Alan Grand and Ellie Sattler, respectively. It’s an entirely new cast; only B.D. Wong (reprising his role as chief geneticist Dr Henry Wu), who was in the very first film, appears in this one as well.
In an interview with IGN last year, before the film began shooting, director Trevorrow said, “I know a lot of fans want to see the original characters back. They’re iconic. But I respect those actors too much to shoehorn them into this story for my own sentimental reasons. Jurassic Park isn’t about the bad luck of three people who keep getting thrown into the same situation.”
The story picks up 22 years after the events of Jurassic Park, and is set in a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, called Jurassic World. After many years, Jurassic World’s attendance rates begin to decline and a new attraction, created to re-spark visitor interest, gravely backfires.
A question that some of us have had since we first heard of Omar Sy’s casting, was whether his character would succumb to the “brotha rule” – meaning, will his character (the only black character in the starring cast) survive and see the end of the film, or will he become Dinosaur lunch at some point?
Some of that question was answered via an interview with the French website Premiere earlier this year, in which director Trevorrow shared: “I wrote the role especially for Omar, I’m a huge fan, I spent a lot of time in France, my wife is French. He has a bigger role than you think – he works for Chris Pratt and is also a Raptor tamer. When Chris, who’s in charge, is done with training the Velociraptors, Omar brings them to their cage and takes care of them, checking their teeth, these kind of things. He has a very special relationship with them. There’s a great scene with Vincent D’Onofrio when Omar speaks French to the Raptors and Vincent pretends to understand what he’s saying. I have not tried to Americanize him – he is French and has a great action scene. Everything he does results in a close relationship with the Velociraptors.”
So there we have it folks; Omar Sy’s character is apparently more significant than expected.
In response to whether Sy will indeed die in the film, here’s what the director said: “Ah! Everybody expects him to die. I think you’ll like what we’ve planned for him. No one wants to see Omar die.”
Hah! Apparently, he understands what’s at stake here for the black man. But, I’m not entirely convinced folks! Call me a cynic.
Omar Sy made history when he became the first black actor to win the César Award for Best Actor (the French equivalent of the Oscars) in 2012, for his work in “Intouchables.” He since has been making himself familiar to American audiences, after moving with his family to Los Angeles, and booking roles in Hollywood fare, like the last X-Men movie, and this upcoming “Jurassic Park” sequel.
A first clip with Sy has surfaced and is embedded below; although he doesn’t do much in it: