The Impossible director JA Bayona set for Jurassic World sequel

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Universal Pictures has announced JA Bayona will direct the sequel to Jurassic World.

Bayona will be taking up the mantle from Colin Trevorrow, who relaunched the Jurassic franchise in 2015.

JA Bayona
Bayona will take over from Colin Trevorrow (Matt Sayles/AP/PA)

Jurassic World earned over 1.7 billion dollars worldwide.

Trevorrow will still co-write and executive produce the sequel, but is stepping aside from directing as he'll be busy in a galaxy far, far away shooting Star Wars: Episode IX for 2019.

Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in Jurassic World
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in Jurassic World (Universal Pictures)

Stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will return for the Jurassic World sequel, set for a June 2018 release, but little else is known about the film.

Bayona, a native of Spain, previously directed The Impossible, which earned star Naomi Watts an Oscar nomination.

Naomi Watts
Naomi Watts earned an Oscar nomination for The Impossible (Chris Pizzello/AP/PA)

The film revolved around the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.