The guy in the picture above is Dr. Henry Wu, (played by actor BD Wong), and he appeared very briefly in the original Jurassic Park movie all the way back in 1993. His character was chief geneticist in Jurassic Park and head of the team that created the dinosaurs and according to various sources, he’s now set to return for next year’s Jurassic World.
Information on the latest installment to the Jurassic franchise is sketchy at best, although we do know the movie won’t necessarily be a sequel and a continuation of the first three movies, but will instead be a reboot acknowledging the mythology but dealing with new plotlines around new characters. Director Colin Trevorrow did confirm that Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum will not be returning to the cast, instead the only relatively familiar character from the original move will by Dr. Henry Wu. Speaking to IGN Trevorrow explained:
I know a lot of fans want to see the original characters back. They’re iconic. But I respect those actors too much to shoehorn them into this story for my own sentimental reasons. Jurassic Park isn’t about the bad luck of three people who keep getting thrown into the same situation. The only reason they’d go back to that island is if the screenwriters contrived a reason for them to go.
But there is a character from the first film who makes sense in our world. This hasn’t been announced yet, but BD Wong will be returning as Dr. Henry Wu. He had a much larger role in the original novel, he was the engineer of this breakthrough in de-extinction. He spent two decades living in Hammond’s shadow, underappreciated. We think there’s more to his story.
I would imagine we’ll probably still get a brief Goldblum, Niall or even Dern cameo but it seems there’s a concerted effort to take this well established franchise off into different territory altogether.