Jenna Ortega’s Hit Netflix Series Confirmed To Continue Without Her Following Shock Exit

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Wednesday Addams (Jenna Ortega) crying in 'Wednesday'

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Jenna Ortega has officially exited a Netflix series that’s part of one of the biggest franchises of all time. No, we aren’t talking about The Addams Family spinoff (of sorts) Wednesday (2022 — present), but the brand-new animated series Jurassic World: Chaos Theory (2024).

This isn’t the first time Ortega has exited a major franchise. Last year, she famously bowed out of the upcoming slasher sequel Scream VII (TBA), which came just weeks after her co-star Melissa Barrera was fired from the picture by Spyglass Media Studios due to a controversial social media post she shared regarding the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.

Now, the filmmakers have made it impossible for Ortega to return to Scream, according to a new report.

Jenna Ortega hanging on for her life in 'Scream VI'
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Ortega’s reasons for not returning to Jurassic World, however, are more straightforward and hardly at all surprising. In a recent interview with IGN, Jurassic World: Chaos Theory showrunners Scott Kreamer and Aaron Hammersley explained that it was “impossible” for Ortega to return given her “busy schedule becoming a global superstar.”

That schedule has involved, and continues to involve the highly-anticipated second season of the hit Netflix series Wednesday and the long-awaited movie sequel Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice (2024), which releases in theaters later this year, among other projects.

Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams
Credit: Netflix

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Spoilers Ahead for Jenna Ortega’s Character in Jurassic World: Chaos Theory

However, while Kreamer and Hammersley also said in the interview that Ortega’s character Brooklynn had indeed been killed off (by an Allosaurus, as suggested in the latest trailer for the series), saying the words, “Brooklynn’s dead!” it turns out this is untrue. Brooklynn is not dead, which is revealed in the Chaos Theory finale, “The End of the Beginning.” We’ll forgive them for not spoiling it for us, we suppose.

Chaos Theory revolves around Brooklynn’s fellow Camp Cretaceous survivors AKA “The Nublar Six” — Darius Bowman (Paul-Mikél Williams), Ben Pincus (Sean Giambrone), Yasmina “Yaz” Fadoula (Kausar Mohammed), Kenji Kon (Darren Barnet), and Sammy Gutierrez (Raini Rodriguez) — as they reunite to solve the mystery behind her off-screen “death.”

While the series ends with them being none the wiser, we learn that Brooklynn (surprise, surprise) survived the dino attack but lost her left arm. Now, she’s a shady villain of sorts.

Brooklynn (Jenna Ortega) in the 'Jurassic World: Chaos Theory' trailer
Credit: Universal Pictures / DreamWorks Animation / Amblin Entertainment / Netflix

The fact that Chaos Theory appears to be designed around Ortega’s exit is bizarre, though, perhaps lazy. Even more so seeing as Brooklynn has been recast anyway (she’s now voiced by Kiersten Kelly). And to learn she isn’t even dead makes it all feel even more pointless.

Either way, Jenna Ortega is never returning to the Jurassic World franchise.

What’s particularly impressive about the star is that exiting mega-franchises like Scream and Jurassic World doesn’t appear to have hurt her career. Wednesday and Beetlejuice may not hold a candle to these two IPs, but they’re more than enough to help Ortega maintain her household name-level of fame over the next few years.

And who knows where else she might show up in the future. We’re sure there are plenty of studios waiting to snap her up like an Allosaurus.

Check out the trailer for Chaos Theory below, per Jurassic World YouTube:

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Here’s the official synopsis for Chaos Theory:

Set six years after the events at Camp Cretaceous, members of “The Nublar Six” are struggling to find their footing off the islands, navigating a world now filled with dinosaurs and people who want to hurt them.

Reunited in the wake of a tragedy, the group comes together only to find themselves on the run and catapulted into a global adventure to unravel a conspiracy that threatens dinosaur and humankind alike and finally learn the truth about what happened to one of their own.

Jurassic World: Chaos Theory stars Paul-Mikél Williams (Darius Bowman), Sean Giambrone (Ben Pincus), Kausar Mohammed (Yasmina “Yaz” Fadoula), Brooklynn (Kiersten Kelly), Darren Barnet (Kenji Kon), and Raini Rodriguez (Sammy Gutierrez).

All four seasons of Camp Cretaceous seasons, the interactive adventure experience Hidden Adventure, and Chaos Theory, are now streaming on Netflix.

What did you think of Jurassic World: Chaos Theory? Did you tune in knowing that Jenna Ortega had already left? Let Inside the Magic know in the comments down below!

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