When asked about a project that he never got to realize, the Jurassic World director showed off a painted 3D model for an augmented TIE Fighter he designed with his son called a "TIE Marauder." Obviously, the unique vessel never made it into the galaxy far, far away; it was rumored that Trevorrow's ninth episode for the Skywalker Saga was titled "Duel of the Fates."
"This is the only one in the world and it's an amazing memory for me when I got to do something that was an incredible experience," he said.
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Trevorrow also talked about Jurassic World: Dominion and the challenge of reuniting Jurassic Park vets like Sam Neill (Alan Grant), Laura Dern (Ellie Sattler), and Jeff Goldblum (Ian Malcolm). "The last time they played these roles, they were directed by Steven Spielberg and then here I am," he added. "They know that I exist, but they want to know my heart. I think making sure that they're gonna trust you the way that they trusted somebody like [Spielberg], it's a little nerve-wracking."
Dominion is now back on set in the United Kingdom with its two leads: Chris Pratt ("Owen Grady") and Bryce Dallas Howard ("Claire Dearing"). "This is not just some people on an island anymore. It's a large-scale, epic story," Trevorrow said, later going on to extol the benefit of practical effects. "We have more animatronics in this one than we have in the previous two," he promised.
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In another part of the discussion, Rodriguez broached the subject of his upcoming superhero film for Netflix, We Can Be Heroes. According to the Sin City director, the streaming giant wanted him to recreate the magic of his Spy Kids films, which he described as "action films made for children — and families in particular — at a time when they need empowerment." The movie (it was able to finish shooting before the pandemic) centers on the children of famous superheroes, who must band together to save the world when their parents are abducted by aliens.
"We came up with this team, almost like an Avengers superhero team, but they all have kids and the kids have powers, but they don't know how to use them because they're just so young," Rodriguez said. "It's really fun. It was the most challenging movie I had done ... The whole movie, I had 11 superhero kids in every shot. Trying to figure out how to film that was incredible."
Priyanka Chopra, Christian Slater, Pedro Pascal, and Boyd Holbrook co-star in the movie. Rodriguez teased that Pascal (The Mandalorian) "plays the Antonio Banderas-type role." After that, he once again confirmed the return of Sharkboy and Lava Girl, who now have a daughter with shark/lava powers.
Jurassic World: Dominion is slated to open in theaters June 11, 2021.
Netflix has yet to announce a premiere date for We Can Be Heroes.
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