Laura Dern Opens Up About Reuniting with ‘Jurassic Park’ Cast for New Film

by Leanne Stahulak
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Almost 30 years later, Laura Dern, Sam Neill, and Jeff Goldblum will reprise their iconic roles from the 1993 classic film “Jurassic Park” for the upcoming “Jurassic World: Dominion” in 2022.

The trio made history when the film debuted, blending together comedy, science fiction, and heart-stopping action. Dern perfected the role of Dr. Ellie Sattler, who studied fossils and paleontology alongside Neill’s Dr. Alan Grant. And Goldblum coined dozens of iconic phrases as Dr. Ian Malcolm in the first film alone.

Goldblum eventually returned for the sequel film “The Lost World,” as well as a brief cameo appearance at the very end of “Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom.” At this point, neither Laura Dern nor Sam Neill has made appearances in the sequel film series that debuted in 2015. But now that the dinosaurs are loose in North America, it looks like Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will be seeking their expertise.

Laura Dern recently spoke to ET Online about reuniting with her OG castmates for the new film. She especially appreciated how both the old and new series emphasizes the consequences of tampering with environmental issues.

“Well, I’m so excited,” Dern said. “We had an extraordinary time all being together and back together. I feel really excited and privileged to be part of something that in its core, you know, was environmental messaging thanks to [book author] Michael Crichton long ago.”

Dern, like her character Ellie, throws herself into environmental activism. This past weekend, she was honored at the 14th Annual Seachange Summer Party, which is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Oceana.

‘Jurassic Park’ Star Laura Dern Learned More About the Envirioment From Her Kids

Laura Dern credits her dedication to the cause to her two kids, Ellery and Jaya. The 20-year-old and 16-year-old provide a sense of perspective that Dern might not have gained on her own.

“My children and their generation are teaching us, as you know, every day because they’re being raised with a sense of emergency that we’re just catching up,” Dern explained.

The actress’s close friends, Ted Danson and his wife Mary Steenburgen, really appreciate Dern’s efforts to protect the environment. The duo is also the godparents to Dern’s son Ellery.

“She’s one of the most passionate activists I think that I’ve ever met. She’s everywhere doing everything besides acting,” Danson told ET. 

Steenburgen added, “She’s one of my dearest friends, and she’s somebody I have so much respect for ’cause when she’s not busy fighting dinosaurs, she’s busy trying to save the real world. And she’s just an amazing woman and activist and mom, and we’re proud to be godparents to her son. We’re big fans.”

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