Who could have guessed that Chris Pratt, the lovable goofball from "Parks and Recreation," would be Hollywood's next big-time action leading man? Of course, when Michael Keaton, who was primarily known for his comedic output, was cast as Batman, people booed and balked. And we know that that turned out pretty well. And while Pratt briefly showed his action chops in last year's "Zero Dark Thirty," he'll shine (quite literally, we assume) in next summer's poppy Marvel confection "Guardians of the Galaxy," where he plays dashing rogue Starlord. And it looks like he's being eyed for another huge franchise: apparently Universal wants him for "Jurassic World," the hugely anticipated fourth "Jurassic Park" movie, according to The Wrap.
Supposedly Pratt will take over the role recently earmarked for Josh Brolin, until the deal stalled in the negotiation phase. Jason Schwartzman is supposedly up for another role; that has yet to be confirmed by the actor or the studio (we asked him last week and he wouldn't spill). Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins are also locked. The same Wrap report also notes that the studio is interested in Irrfan Khan ("Life of Pi") for a role.
Plot details for this newest installment have been kept under wraps (and guarded by bloodthirsty velociraptors), but it's been rumored that the movie will follow a version of the park that is fully functional. This idea, it goes without saying, is really, really cool. Director Colin Trevorrow, who is reteaming with his "Safety Not Guaranteed" screenwriter Derek Connolly (who is also working on a movie for Pixar), will helm the 3D extravaganza.
Pratt can be seen next month in Spike Jonze's wonderful sci-fi romance "Her," and is the lead vocal performer in February's "The LEGO Movie" (he also costars in "The Delivery Man" with Vince Vaughn, so there's that). He's going to be huge!
[via The Wrap]