‘Jurassic World’ hiring local extras

The latest movie in the Jurassic Park franchise is scheduled to start filming here in the islands in April.

“Jurassic Park” roared into theaters in 1993, a year after being filmed on Oahu and Kauai.

The second and third movies in the popular franchise were also shot partly in Hawaii, so it’s no surprise that they’re coming back for “Jurassic Park 4,” also known as “Jurassic World.”

“I know that the producers like Hawaii.  I know we have a great relationship with NBC Universal, so that adds to it and we have a very appealing tax credit that helps make it possible for them to be here,” State Film Commissioner Donne Dawson said.

And this weekend, there’s an open casting call for “Jurassic World.”

A local talent agency tells KHON2 that the film’s casting department is looking for local extras to be a part of the movie.

A casting call will be held this Sunday, March 2, from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at the Olelo Community Media Center at 1122 Mapunapuna St.

All ages and ethnicities are welcome to try out.

Casting directors are especially interested in seeing families with children ages 6 to 17, twin children ages 6 to 15, and people who look like they’re in the military.

Hollywood productions not only hire local extras, but also crew members.

Crews have already started building the sets for “Jurassic World.”  Filming is set to get underway in two months.

“Their scheduling coincides when ‘Hawaii Five-O’ is over for the season so hopefully some of our crew can go over and keep working, work on Jurassic,” said Timmy Chinn, “Hawaii Five-O” Location Manager.

Many local businesses also cash in.

“Everything from food, restaurants to catering, to animal wrangling, purchase of supplies, set decorations,” Dawson said.

“And then you have the hotels that house the crew from the mainland,” Chinn said.

No doubt, Hollywood productions oftem pump millions of dollars into our local economy.

“‘Tropic Thunder’ was a good example of a film production shot almost entirely on a neighbor island, Kauai, and it was very beneficial to that island’s economy because they spent an upwards of $60 million,” Dawson said.

The movies often leave behind footprints, allowing local businesses like Kualoa Ranch to continue reaping the benefits through its movie tours.

“Jurassic World” will star actors Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, and it’s set to be released in theaters next year.

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