Chris Pratt gets friendly with a baby dino in first footage from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

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Mar 26, 2021, 9:00 PM EDT (Updated)

There's still seven months to go until the Jurassic World sequel, Fallen Kingdom, stomps into theaters, but Colin Trevorrow has just shared the movie's first footage on Twitter. Trevorrow, who directed the first Jurassic World, is co-writing (with Derek Connolly) and producing the sequel, with A Monster Calls' J.A. Bayona sitting in the director's chair. 

The six-second clip shows Chris Pratt's raptor trainer, Owen Grady, getting close to a baby dinosaur that looks to be a young velociraptor. On his arm is a thick piece of leather, not unlike the ones used by hawk handlers. And since hawks are considered raptors (birds of prey), it seems only fitting for Owen to wear one while interacting with an actual raptor.

The dino itself looks to be a wholly CGI creation, but you never know. Trevorrow used a mix of special effects and animatronic puppets for the first movie, just as the Jurassic Park films did. With Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall returning as executive producers, it's likely the Fallen Kingdom production will do the same so as to achieve the same groundbreaking standard set by Stan Winston and ILM. 

While plot details are scant for now, we do know Grady will be teaming up with Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) to take on a new threat 65 million years in the making. We suspect it has something to do with B.D. Wong's Dr. Henry Wu and his plan with Vic Hoskins (Vincent D'Onofrio) to weaponize the park's dinosaurs. Hopefully we'll get more mayhem on the mainland with these creatures, like the T-Rex in San Diego with The Lost World

Newcomers include Ted Levine (Silence of the Lambs) in an unknown role and James Cromwell as Benjamin Lockwood, the man who helped John Hammond develop the dino-cloning technology. Where he's been hiding out during the last four movies is anyone's guess. Oh, and Jeff Goldblum comes back as Dr. Ian Malcolm, of course. 

With only two books actually set in the Jurassic universe — they were adapted into Jurassic Park and The Lost World before author Michael Crichton died in 2008 — Fallen Kingdom is free to take any creative roads it wants, like its predecessor and Jurassic Park III. As long as fans get plenty of giant lizards eating people, everyone's happy.