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Chris Pratt is on his way to making the transition from sitcom star to action hero actor with Guardians of the Galaxy this year, but he’s also going to be the face of another franchise: Jurassic Park. The Parks & Recreation star has confirmed that he is going to be in Jurassic World, the fourth film in that franchise.
While promoting The Lego Movie, Pratt spoke with QMI Agency about how excited he is to be a part of Jurassic Park.
“For me, Jurassic Park was really kind of my Star Wars,” Pratt said. “I lined up at the theatre to see it, I saw it opening night, I saw every sequel, I’ve seen it a whole bunch of times… for me that was my big movie, I think I was 13 or 14 when it came out.”
For Pratt, the best part of this is being involved in a series known around the world. “When you say Jurassic Park, no one is like, ‘What’s Jurassic Park?’ More people know Jurassic Park than just about anything. I’m thrilled.”
Pratt was first linked to Jurassic World in November. He joins a cast that includes Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins and Nick Robins. The film is being directed by Safety Not Guaranteed’s Colin Trevorrow and Steven Spielberg is an executive producer on the project.
There’s not much known about the plot, but ScreenRant notes that there have been reports that it will take place two decades after the first film and will be set on Isla Nublar, the island in The Lost World and Jurassic Park 3.
Jurassic World hits theaters in summer 2015.