Josh Brolin in Talks for Jurassic World. The possible casting of Josh Brolin in Jurassic World (2015) begins speculation on who may play the lead role in the Colin Trevorrow directed film. If Josh Brolin is cast in the film, he will be joining Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, and Nick Robinson in the fourth Jurassic Park movie.
Steven Spielberg is returning to produce the film along with Kathleen Kennedy. Jurassic World‘s script was written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver and delivered this week…Trevorrow wrote a new draft with Derek Connolly, and that is the basis for the film at this point. “Jurassic World hit a speed bump this summer when Universal pumped the brakes to rework the screenplay, postponing its release by a year. However, it’s clearly back on track now, with casting picking up speed over the past few weeks.”
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On Josh Brolin:
Brolin started his career in TV movies and guest spots on TV shows before getting a more notable role as Brand Walsh in the Richard Donner-directed movie The Goonies (1985). He was considered for the role of Tom Hanson in the series 21 Jump Street; he and Johnny Depp were the finalists for the role, and at that time the two became close and remained friends even after the role was ultimately awarded to Depp. Brolin guest-starred in an episode of the show in its first season.
Brolin implied that he turned away from film acting for years after the premiere of his second film, Thrashin’, where he witnessed what he called “horrendous” acting on his part. For several years, he appeared in stage roles in Rochester, New York, often alongside mentor and friend Anthony Zerbe. One of Brolin’s more prominent roles early in his career was that of Wild Bill Hickok in the ABC western TV series The Young Riders, which lasted three seasons (1989–92). Two other TV series he was involved in include the Aaron Spelling production Winnetka Road (1994) and Mister Sterling (2003), both of which were cancelled after a few episodes.
Brolin’s extensive film work consists of many villainous roles in recent films including Planet Terror (one of two feature-length segments of the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez collaboration Grindhouse), Gus van Sant’s Milk, American Gangster, and Oliver Stone’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. He also played the lead role in the Coen brothers’ Academy Award-winning film No Country for Old Men.
Brolin also starred in another Oliver Stone film in 2008 called W., a biopic about key events in the life of President George W. Bush. Stone pursued an initially hesitant Brolin for the role. He said of his decision to cast Brolin in the leading role:
It always seemed to me that he was the right person. Although classically handsome, I think he would consider himself a character actor first and foremost, and it was in this context that I thought of him as W. Josh certainly has star appeal and could be a leading man, but I don’t think he necessarily wants to be that. I think he really enjoys disappearing into a character.
Brolin received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Gus Van Sant’s biopic Milk as city supervisor Dan White, who assassinated San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone. He made news by wearing a White Knot to the Academy Awards ceremony to demonstrate solidarity with the marriage equality movement. Brolin told an interviewer that costar Sean Penn, who portrayed Milk, decided to dispel any nerves the actors had about playing gay men by grabbing the bull by the horns. At the first cast dinner, which included castmates James Franco, Emile Hirsch and Diego Luna, Brolin said, “[Penn] walked right up and grabbed me and planted a huge one right on my lips.” Brolin has received critical acclaim for his performance and, in addition to his Oscar nomination, received NYFCC and NBR Awards for Best Supporting Actor and a nomination for a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role.
He portrayed Jonah Hex in the film of the same name. Brolin played a younger Agent K in Men in Black 3 released in May 2012.
Josh Brolin starred in the film Gangster Squad portraying John O’Mara released in 2013 which was originally scheduled for release in September 2012.
Brolin was a top contender for the role of Batman in Zack Snyder’s sequel to the 2013 film Man of Steel, but was overlooked and the role was given to Ben Affleck.
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