"Jurassic World" director Colin Trevorrow took a moment to honor the memory of Richard Attenborough yesterday, providing one of the best tributes yet to the legendary actor and filmmaker.

Attenborough, 90, passed away last weekend after a long illness, leaving behind a film career that included a starring role in the original "Jurassic Park" as the billionaire John Hammond. The plot of "Jurassic World," taking place 22 years after the disastrous events of the first film, involves the realization of Hammond's dream of a dinosaur theme park built on the remains of the original. According to the character's Wiki, Hammond passed away sometime before or just after the opening of Jurassic World - hence the statue dedicated in his honor.

"Jurassic World takes place in a fully functional park on Isla Nublar," Trevorrow said earlier this year. "It sees more than 20,000 visitors every day. You arrive by ferry from Costa Rica. It has elements of a biological preserve, a safari, a zoo, and a theme park. There is a luxury resort with hotels, restaurants, nightlife and a golf course. And there are dinosaurs. Real ones. You can get closer to them than you ever imagined possible. It’s the realization of John Hammond’s dream, and I think you’ll want to go there."

"Jurassic World" is slated to storm into theaters on June 15, 2015.

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'Jurassic World' director honors the late great Richard Attenborough
Colin Trevorrow pays tribute with a behind-the-scenes picture of Attenborough's character from the original film.