Ty Simpkins, the plucky kid who helped Tony Stark work through his anxiety (and a bit of a terrorist problem) in “Iron Man 3,” is set for a lead in “Jurassic World,” multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.
Colin Trevorrow (“Safety Not Guaranteed”) directs the 3D sequel that Universal has set for June 12, 2015.
Bryce Dallas Howard is nearing a deal for the film’s female lead, as TheWrap first reported. Trevorrow has had his eye on Simpkins for nearly a year, according to an individual familiar with the project.
“Jurassic Park” director Steven Spielberg is producing with Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley. Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver wrote the script, though Trevorrow penned the most recent draft with frequent collaborator Derek Connolly.
Simpkins, who turned 12 on August 6, is the very definition of child actor – he first appeared on TV at 3 weeks old, and has since amassed an IMDB page any 40-year-old would envy, including appearances in Spielberg’s 2005 version of “War of the Worlds” and with his sister Ryan in “Revolutionary Road.”
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Simpkins, who recently starred in “Insidious” and its hit sequel, is repped by ICM Partners.