Oscar-Winning Actor Mahershala Ali To Join New ‘Jurassic World’ Movie?


Mahershala Ali, the two-time Oscar winner, is reportedly in talks to star with Scarlett Johansson in Universal’s next “Jurassic World” film. Ali was most recently seen in the popular thriller “Leave the World Behind.”

Director Gareth Edwards has already signed Jonathan Bailey, Rupert Friend, and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo to star in the movie, which is scheduled to start shooting in London in mid-June.

The plot is being kept hidden by the studio. David Koepp, the original screenwriter for ‘Jurassic Park’ (1993) and ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park’ (1997), wrote the screenplay for the forthcoming film. Universal has announced a theatrical release date of July 2, 2025.

Bringing Ali would be a success for the movie, considering the actor avoids Hollywood blockbusters and has a reputation for being picky. He would also provide weight to the new Jurassic World, considering his reputation for portraying serious characters. He won an Oscar in 2017 for his portrayal in Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight, and another in 2019 for his role in Peter Farrelly’s Oscar-winning film Green Book.

Ali’s first significant movie role was in David Fincher’s fantasy ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’. He rose to popularity for his supporting appearances in the final two movies of the original ‘The Hunger Games’ film series, as well as in ‘House of Cards’, for which he got his first Primetime Emmy Award nomination.