‘Jurassic World’ Director Colin Trevorrow Hypes the Return of Original Characters for Sequel

by Leanne Stahulak

Don’t scream, Outsiders. “Jurassic World: Dominion” is only about six months away, and it brings our favorite characters back to the screen.

In 2015, the original “Jurassic World” movie introduced Chris Pratt as Owen Grady and Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing. The two worked closely with the dinosaurs at the newly christened theme park. But they don’t have quite as much experience as the OG “Jurassic Park” squad.

Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum round out the iconic trio from the 1993 sci-fi hit “Jurassic Park.” Neill led the cast as Dr. Alan Grant, while Dern played the badass Dr. Ellie Sattler and Goldblum starred as Dr. Ian Malcolm. All three of them returned for one of the sequel films at one point or another in the 1990s. But this will be the first time all three reunite on the big screen since the first film.

‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ Director Talks Cast Reuniting

Colin Trevorrow wrote all three sequel series films while directing the first and third films. He recently sat down with Total Film Magazine to talk about how different “Dominion” will be from its predecessors.

In the past, both “Jurassic Park” and “Jurassic World” had a book series (written by Michael Crichton) or previous films to base their story on. But at the end of “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” all of the dinosaurs escaped into the real world. So “Dominion” can no longer follow the “trapped on an island with dinosaurs” trope.

“This is a rare film where it is so different from anything that I’ve ever seen before. I didn’t know what to watch as inspiration,” Trevvorow told the outlet. “Honestly, we watched a lot of nature documentaries. I watched a lot of Planet Earth. The movie does rely on the animals acting and reacting in ways that feel natural.”

So, where do Neill, Dern, and Goldblum come in? Trevorrow kept the specific storylines under wraps, but he did reveal that they play just as large a role in the new films as the new main characters.

“Laura [Dern], Sam [Neill], and Jeff [Goldblum] have as much screen time in the film as Bryce and Chris do,” Trevorrow revealed. “They’re not together the entire time, but we are following both of their stories equally, and you have a sense that they’re going to collide at a certain point … there’s this tension. It’s not structured necessarily in a way that we’re used to seeing our Hollywood movies structured. But it works.”

We can’t wait to see the said collision and how these old and new characters interact with each other. The “Jurassic World: Dominion” director opened up even more about the parallel storylines in a recent interview with CinemaBlend.

“It’s really a story that is two parallel lines that are getting closer and closer together until they collide,” Trevorrow said. “The thing that I could do that would show the most respect to these characters is put them on an adventure together and not just have them sit around. I don’t want them commenting on what’s going on. I want him to be in it. So that’s what we did.”

It sounds absolutely action-packed, and we’re here for it. June 10 can’t come soon enough.