'Jurassic World 2' Casts 'Get Down' Star Justice Smith (Exclusive)

Justice Smith, 21
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J.A. Bayona is directing the project, which is in preproduction.

Justice Smith, the star of Baz Lurhmann’s The Get Down, has joined Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s next Jurassic World film.

J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls) is directing the project, which is in preproduction as it heads toward a spring start in England.

Colin Trevorrow, who directed Jurassic World, is writing the script with Derek Connolly. Details are being kept buried deep underground, although Pratt and Howard are reprising their roles from the original pic.

Jurassic World was the much-heralded return to the dinosaurs first seen in 1993's Jurassic Park, the Steven Spielberg movie based on the Michael Crichton novel. Jurassic World ultimately stomped its way to $1.67 billion at the box office when it was released in 2015.  

Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley are producing the new installment, with Trevorrow and Spielberg executive producing. Belen Atienza is also a producer.

Smith led the cast of Lurhmann’s stylish The Get Down, which followed a group of teens in 1970s Bronx. He played Ezekiel on the Netflix show. The actor also appeared in Paper Towns, Fox 2000’s adaptation of a John Green YA novel that starred Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne. Before Smith heads off for the Jurassic follow-up, he will star opposite Lucas Hedges in the off-Broadway play Yen, which is set to begin previews on Jan. 12 and open Jan. 30.

Smith is repped by WME and Kohl Group.