While many expected Jurassic World to perform admirable at the box office upon its release last year, now one could have predicted the amount of money it would ultimately make. So much did it make in its opening weekend, that it temporarily held the title for biggest domestic opening of all time — of course, Star Wars: The Force Awakens came in and stole that from them within a matter of months.
As with any success stories, there were plenty of haters ready to poke and prod at the movie’s numerous flaws. Was it a perfect film? Not at all. But when it came to fun dinosaur-laden action — not to mention a high level of wish-fulfillment in the form of the titular theme park — it certainly delivered.
Additionally, it also managed to bring a certain amount of levity to the situation. Almost everyone in the film had a laugh at some point, but the character that very clearly was the comedic relief came in the form of Lowery, portrayed by New Girl’s Jake Johnson. In the movie, Lowery was something of a dinosaur geek, and his own work station stood in stark contrast to everyone else’s at the command center of Jurassic World with its numerous dinosaur figures and his copy of Ian Malcolm’s book on the subject.
Given the personality he gave to the movie, it seemed like a given that he’d be back for the impending sequel. Surprisingly enough, however, that doesn’t seem to be the case. On Friday morning, Johnson took to Twitter to answer the fan question as to whether or not he’d be in the sequel, and he responded stating, “From what I hear Lowery will not be in JW2.”
Check out the tweet below:
This is an interesting development. As stated above, it seemed like a given that Lowery would return, and this is especially surprising, given that the upcoming film’s co-writer (not to mention Jurassic World director) Colin Trevorrow stated that the film would have more suspense and more scares than its predecessors. With that in mind, a character like Lowery would help to keep things from getting too serious.
That being said, I suppose in removing the comedic element, it helps to ensure that that darker tone is honored. At the end of the day, perhaps it just didn’t make sense for his character to be around, which is disappointing, since I found him to be one of the better parts of Jurassic World.
What do you think? Are you bummed to hear that Lowery won’t be in Jurassic World 2, or are you happy to see them committing to a more serious tone?
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SOURCE: Jake Johnson