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Scarlett Johansson in Talks to Lead New ‘Jurassic World’ Movie

Scarlett Johansson is taking a bite out of a new blockbuster. The actor is in talks to join Universal’s new Jurassic World movie, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Universal is moving quickly on the film, which has a July 2, 2025, release date. Gareth Edwards is directing the new Jurassic World, which has a script from Jurassic Park scribe David Koepp. Edwards stepped into the role after David Leitch exited following a short attachment to the project.

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The film returns Johansson to the world of franchises. She starred as Black Widow in a number of Marvel Studios movies, including the Avengers features, but unlike some co-stars in the superhero world, has had no trouble breaking out in other projects. She has earned two Oscar nominations, for Marriage Story and Jojo Rabbit. She has a voice role in the upcoming animated feature Transformers One, and has a big-budget Apple feature co-starring Channing Tatum also due out this year.

The new Jurassic World film is the latest in the 30-year old franchise, which began with Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, the 1993 hit based on Michael Crichton’s novel. It spawned a Spielberg-directed sequel, The Lost World (1997) and Joe Johnston’s Jurassic Park III (2001). Universal revived the franchise with the $1.67 billion grosser Jurassic World (2015), which spawned sequels Fallen Kingdom (2018) and Dominion (2022). Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard led the most recent trilogy of films, which filmmaker Colin Trevorrow oversaw.

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