Jurassic World 2 finds its director in The Orphanage and A Monster Calls helmer

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Apr 18, 2016, 4:04 PM EDT

Since Jurassic World’s Colin Trevorrow is going to have his hands full directing a little movie called Star Wars: Episode IX, the sequel to the hit dino movie has finally zeroed in on a new director.

Both Trevorrow and producer Frank Marshall have just confirmed that Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible) is set to direct Jurassic World 2. Bayona's name had come up a while back before the studio apparently denied his involvement, but now it's a done deal.

The follow-up will see the return of Velociraptor whisperer Owen, played by Chris Pratt, and intrepid high-heels runner Claire, played by Bryce Dallas Howard.

The Jurassic World sequel was penned by Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, and the writing duo are said to have waited to get a good script before looking for a new director. Now that Bayona is coming on board, expect production on the movie to kick off soon for a June 22, 2018, release date.

The Spanish director has won two Goya Awards, one for Best New Director in 2007 for The Orphanage and the other for Best Director in 2012 for The Impossible. He’s recently helmed another “monster” movie titled A Monster Calls, which is set to open in movie theaters later this year.

He also directed the first two episodes of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, including that fantastic episode titled “Séance,” which saw a possessed Vanessa (Eva Green) bend over backward in a truly chilling scene.

Do you guys think Juan Antonio Bayona is the right choice for Jurassic World 2?


(via Deadline)