TIL: This Always Sunny Star Almost Lead ‘Jurassic World’
Today I Learned Glenn Howerton and Kristen Stewart Almost Starred In “Jurassic World!”
Jurassic World has been setting box office records and proved that “Jurassic Park” still carries clout today. While Chris Pratt‘s role has put him at the head of discussion from being sexist to playing the next Indiana Jones, he wasn’t always the first casting choice. According to a fun fact list over at ComingSoon.net, there were quite a few choices for the lead roles. Among them were “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” cast member Glenn Howerton and “Twilight” star Kristen Stewart.
Several actors were considered to play Owen Grady, the new lead character of Jurassic World. Garrett Hedlund, Jason Statham, John Krasinski, Jason Sudeikis, Josh Brolin, Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, and Glenn Howerton were reportedly among the top contenders before Chris Pratt was cast in the role.
Keira Knightley and Kristen Stewart were also rumored to be up for the role of Claire Dearing, but Bryce Dallas Howard was ultimately chosen for the part.
I love “Always Sunny” but I have a hard time seeing Glenn Howerton in anything other than a Dennis Reynolds type role. Even in his more recent film “Coffee Town,” it was hard for him to escape his “Always Sunny” character. Kristen Stewart falls into a similar category. Despite trying to diversify herself with roles like Camp X-Ray, Stewart has certain traits that prevent her from convincing the audience that she’s 100% into the role.
Looking at the long list of actors that could have had Chris Pratt’s role, I think that choosing him was even more justified. He balanced the humor well while also maintaining his stature as a leader. Actors like Josh Brolin and Jason Statham would have been a little too intense for the role while Jason Sudekis and John Krasinski would have been a bit too humorous to be taken seriously. On the other hand, Chris Pratt was more known for his goofball humor and he has proved us wrong multiple times. It is indeed interesting to speculate on what studios were thinking with their original casting choices.