Many Jurassic Park fans were excited to hear that Jeff Goldblum would return in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. The actor’s appearance was even prominently used in teasers and trailers for the film. Sadly, with only a brief cameo he had about as much screen time in the actual movie as he did in the teasers.
Fortunately, the final installment of the current Jurassic World trilogy will reportedly give the original characters more than brief cameos. In fact, actor Sam Neill, who returns to the franchise to reprise his role as Dr. Alan Grant in the upcoming Jurassic World: Dominion, told Yahoo Movies UK that the original Jurassic Park cast would play a major part in the story for the entire running length of the newest film.
This marks the first time his character, palaeontologist Dr. Alan Grant, will star in the series since 2001’s Jurassic Park III. Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern are also set to reprise their roles as Dr. Ian Malcom and Dr. Ellie Sattler from Steven Spielberg’s 1993 Jurassic Park. Jurassic World stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will join them as well.
“We’re all the way through the film, Jeff [Goldblum], and me, and Laura [Dern]” Neill said, while conceding he “probably won’t be running quite as fast as I was 27 years ago!”
Still, Neill insists he’s “raring to go” on director Colin Trevorrow’s final chapter in the Jurassic World saga, which was put on a hiatus on March 13th due to the coronavirus pandemic, but is expected to resume filming at Pinewood Studios in England on July 6th.
Neill divulged that he “hopes to join” three of the film’s stars who are currently in quarantine ahead of the production restarting. He also confirmed that the whole cast will be in quarantine together during production of the film.
Referring to them as “dear friends”, Neill said that he can’t wait to work alongside Goldblum and Dern again, as well as his new co-stars.
“We’re all going to be living in the same joint for three or four months, so that’s going to be fun. And everybody loves Chris and Bryce as well, so I think we’ll be a very happy bunch.”
Chris Pratt, who portrays raptor trainer Owen Grady in the films, has said that Jurassic World: Dominion will set up a Jurassic Park Cinematic Universe similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“It’s got everybody. It’s got pretty much everybody in it, maybe I just blew it but I don’t care. I know that like all the cast from the original ‘Jurassic Park’ is coming back and so it’s going to feel very much like how (Avengers) ‘Endgame’ brought everything together at Marvel.” Pratt said in an interview.
Pratt isn’t kidding. The Jurassic World franchise is already branching out to other forms of media, with an animated spinoff called Camp Cretaceous slated to debut this August.
Jurassic World: Dominion is scheduled for release in June 2021.
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