Whether you were a fan of the Indominus Rex or not, you may be interested to know that it wasn't the only hybrid dinosaur that was intended to appear in 2015's Jurassic World. More hybrids were initially conceived, they just never made it to the theatrical cut. However, one of the artist who worked on the concept renditions for the dinosaurs in Jurassic World just released images of a hybrid cut from the film.
Bodin Sterba, a concept artist who worked on the dinosaur designs, recently posted a few renditions of the mysterious Stegoceratops to his own website. Sterba didn't provide too many details to go along with the image, but just on their own, the images give us a pretty good idea of what the new hybrid would have looked like.
The dinosaur is a meld between a Triceratops and a Stegosaurus, two of the most iconic dinosaurs in the Jurassic Park series. On their own, each dinosaur played role in the original Jurassic trilogy. The Triceratops more so because of its noteworthy appearance in the first Jurassic Park movie.
As for the hybrid mix of those dinosaurs, just taking one look at these few images, it's clear that this dinosaur hybrid would've been another highlight of the film, evident in the close attention to detail by the artist.
Interestingly enough, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow pointed out in a 2015 interview with Empire that a scene involving Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Owen (Chris Pratt) depicted them running across the Stegoceratops in a forest, but was unfortunately cut from the film. The supposed scene would have also set up Dr. Wu in another subplot of secrecy, which could still play out in Fallen Kingdom.
In an earlier draft there was a scene where Chris and Claire come across another hybrid in the jungle. It informed them that Dr. Wu has been making other hybrids under her nose. Then my six-year-old son watched Return Of The Jedi, and said to me, 'Dad, if Leia is also a Jedi that means that Luke isn't unique.' It was like, 'Ha! Okay.' And for some reason I applied that to this other thing and felt like there could be only one [hybrid dinosaur]. The idea that there was more than one made it feel less like the one synthetic among all the other organics, and suddenly it seemed entirely wrong to have it in the movie. I suddenly hated the idea but the toy still exists as a kind of remnant because Hasbro toys are locked a year out.
What's interesting about Trevorrow's comments is that he initially thought of having other hybrids being thrown into the mix. Regardless of them not making it into the cinematic cut of the film, they were intended to be introduced at some point.
Could The Stegaceratops Appear In 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom'?
In light of Trevorrow's comments, there's a reasonable chance hybrids like the Stegoceratops can still appear somewhere down the line, especially after Trevorrow tweeted a mysterious image of Bayona alongside a dinosaur's stretched out jaw. Could this be a new kind of hybrid dinosaur get prepared to terrorize Owen and Claire?
Speculation aside, the notion of a new hybrid being revealed could give way to a varied group of hybrids also entering the fold in the upcoming sequel. Plans to include the Stegoceratops and other hidden species in the original Jurassic World movie add further evidence to that claim.
All things said, it'll be interesting to see if more hybrid species are going to be introduced or not. A variety of hybrids would make for more interesting interactions since we've seen just about every normal dinosaur encounter one another and humans. Not only that, but Fallen Kingdom is going to need something to stand out from its predecessor and a whole subplot involving secret hybrids would be an ideal fit.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opens in theaters on June 22, 2018.