Jonathan Bailey confirms “Jurassic World ”role on “The Tonight Show”: 'It’s mind-blowing'

"I remember going to see 'Jurassic Park' with my family," the actor recalled.

Welcome to Jurassic World, Jonathan Bailey.  

While visiting The Tonight Show on Monday, the Bridgerton star confirmed that he will play a leading role in a forthcoming Jurassic World film. The announcement comes less than a day after Bailey teased his potential involvement in the franchise by posting a photo of himself riding the film’s Universal Studios attraction on his Instagram account.

Bailey explained that the snapshot — which sees him smiling and flashing the peace sign by himself in an otherwise empty ride vehicle — was taken while on a private tour of the theme park last month.

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“I was obsessed with the Jurassic World ride, and [the tour guide] must have thought it was a bit weird, but we went around once and then, at the end of it, he said, ‘Do you want to go on your own?’ And I was like, ‘…Yeah,’” Bailey recalled. “So we did it and I gave him a printout of [the photo].”

He noted that he left a personalized message on the image for the guide that didn't make complete sense at the time, adding, “I did write on the back. I said, ‘Just keep this. It’s a memory.’” 

“Because we have a little news we can share tonight,” host Jimmy Fallon revealed. “You’re going to be starring as lead in the new Jurassic World movie. Congratulations, bud!” 

Bailey thanked him before admitting that he was “freaking out” a little on the inside. “[The photo is] dated the 9th of April, so I’ve sort of sat with the secret for a month and a bit,” he confessed. “I mean it’s mind-blowing and it’s brilliant. I remember going to see Jurassic Park with my family.”

He continued, “It’s history and it’s the John Williams score. It’s [Steven] Spielberg. I have got nightmares for sort of 30 years, so now my nightmare has come true.”

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Deadline exclusively revealed last month that Bailey was in talks to star in the upcoming film, which will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Rogue One: a Star Wars Story, Godzilla) and slated for release in 2025. Scarlett Johansson is also reportedly in talks for the project too. 

The film, written by David Koepp, will be a new installment within the Jurassic World universe and separate from the sequel trilogy that was headlined by Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.

Watch Bailey reveal the dino-mite news in the clip above.

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