When I was a child, I had the joy of watching Jurassic Park in theaters. Of course, I became a little obsessed and had to get a copy of the movie and get the toys. I also got a clipboard. I didn’t want to be Grant or Malcolm. I wanted to be Henry Wu. Yes, that guy; the scientist who explained the baby raptors. And he held a clipboard.
You can imagine my surprise when writer and director, Colin Trevorrow, mentioned that BD Wong would reprise his role as Henry Wu in Jurassic World. It was a small part, but Wu clearly had a hand in the re-creation of the dinosaurs. According to Trevorrow, Wu organically fits into the new movie.
“He [Henry Wu] had a much larger role in the original novel – he was the engineer of this breakthrough in de-extinction. He spent two decades living in Hammond’s shadow, underappreciated. We think there’s more to his story.”
But what about the others?
“I know a lot of fans want to see the original characters back. They’re iconic. But I respect those actors too much to shoehorn them into this story for my own sentimental reasons. Jurassic Park isn’t about the bad luck of three people who keep getting thrown into the same situation. The only reason they’d go back to that island is if the screenwriters contrived a reason for them to go.”
That makes sense. Why would they continue to throw themselves into situations that almost kills them?
I cannot wait to see Wu revisit the world he helped create, and defend himself with his magnificent clipboard.
Jurassic World brings the dinosaurs back on the big screen June 2015.