Mahershala Ali in Talks to Star in Next ‘Jurassic World’ Film

Universal is setting the tentpole film for a July 2025 release

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 06: Mahershala Ali speaks onstage during the 47th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Denzel Washington at Dolby Theatre on June 06, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for WarnerMedia) 610265
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Mahershala Ali is in talks with Universal and Amblin to join the next “Jurassic World” film, which has already signed Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Bailey, Manuel García-Rulfo and Rupert Friend to the cast.

Gareth Edwards (“Rogue One”) is set to direct from a screenplay by original “Jurassic Park” screenwriter David Koepp. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley will produce through Kennedy-Marshall, with Steven Spielberg as executive producer through Amblin.

The next “Jurassic World” film is said to have a new story separate from the recently completed trilogy starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. Those three films, released between 2015 and 2022, grossed more than $4 billion at the global box office. With the three “Jurassic Park” films released between 1993 and 2001 included, the lifetime grosses for the “Jurassic” franchise reach $6 billion.

Ali, a two-time Oscar winner for his work in Best Picture winners “Moonlight” and “Green Book,” recently starred in Netflix’s hit apocalyptic thriller “Leave the World Behind.” He is set to lend his voice to the upcoming Laika stop-motion animated film “Wildwood,” due out next year.

Mahershala Ali is represented by WME, Cognition, Relevant and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern, LLP.

The talks were first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

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