Justice Smith
Justice Smith

A sequel to “Jurassic World” – the 2015 movie, and fourth installment of the “Jurassic Park” series franchise – is currently in development, with a June 22, 2018 release date set by Universal Pictures.

To be directed by J.A. Bayona (“A Monster Calls”), from script penned by Colin Trevorrow, who directed last year’s “Jurassic World,” along with Derek Connolly, the stars of the previous film, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, are returning for the sequel, which is currently in pre-production.

Announced today, Justice Smith, the star of Netflix’s period musical series “The Get Down,” has joined Pratt and Howard in the project. Although details on what character he’ll play, as well as what the sequel’s plot will be, are being kept underwraps for now.

Smith, who’s still relatively new to the business, with a film acting resume that goes back to just 2014, was also recently seen in a supporting role in the 2015’s “Paper Towns, and was released by 20th Century Fox.

Set 22 years after the events of “Jurassic Park,” “Jurassic World” takes place on the same fictional island of Isla Nublar, off the Pacific coast of Central America, where a theme park populated with cloned dinosaurs has operated for ten years. The park plunges into chaos when a genetically created dinosaur breaks loose and goes on a rampage across the island.

“Jurassic World” opened during the summer of 2015 to a record-breaking weekend that had the film grossing more than $500 million worldwide, and over $1.6 billion in box office revenue, standing as the fourth-highest-grossing film of all time without inflation adjustment, and the highest in the franchise.

The Hollywood Reporter was first to report Smith’s casting in the sequel.