Fan theories are a dime a dozen these days, but every now and then one comes along that captures the imagination of the online community.
That’s certainly been the case with Jurassic World and a theory that offers up a fascinating perspective on the origins of Chris Pratt’s character, Owen, in the film.
Already going viral, according to a report from nova 96.9, the theory concerns the Owen’s origins and the idea that his character may have actually featured in the 1993 original.
That’s right: according to this theory, Pratt’s Owen was not only a part of the Steven Spielberg standard-bearer but actually played a significant role of sorts.
Because you know who else was called Owen in the original movie right? Yeah, that annoying, know-it-all kid that Sam Neill’s Dr Alan Grant decides to scare the bejesus out off using a fossilised raptor claw.
There is plenty of evidence to back up the theory.
For starters the actor who played that version of Owen, Whit Hertford, is a pretty similar age to Pratt meaning it is more than possible that the boy grew up to be the man we see in the latest outing.
Then there’s Owen’s close relationship with the raptors in Jurassic World, the seeds of which may have been planted during his encounter with Dr Grant.
Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow has done little to dispel the idea either.
Quizzed on whether fans were watching the very same Owen, all grown up, Trevorrow remained tight-lipped.
“I’m not sure I want to answer because the speculation is so much fun,” he said at the time.
“Let’s not kill the fun”
There could be more to this theory than first thought.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.