When Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow signed on to make Star Wars: Episode IX, it was obvious he couldn’t do two blockbusters sequels. Now, after months of unconfirmed rumors, the director for Jurassic World 2 has officially been announced: J.A. Bayona.
“Who?” you ask? Well, Juan Antonio Bayona directed the powerful true story The Impossible, the terrifying film The Orphanage, and this year’s fantasy A Monster Calls (new trailer here!). He’s a talented filmmaker who is certainly more experienced than Trevorrow was when he did Jurassic World—he’d only directed one feature at the time—and that worked out pretty well.
The announcement came through the Twitter feeds of each director:
Trevorrow is co-writing the sequel with his partner Derek Connelly before moving on to a galaxy far, far away. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will both return as well. The untitled sequel is scheduled for release June 22, 2018.