Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill and heading back to Jurassic Park. Actually, this time the dinosaurs may be coming to them. That should cut down on travel expenses. Just announced, the three original cast members from the 1993 Steven Spielberg phenomenon will be reuniting on screen together for the first time in more than 25 years. It’s not so long ago that dinosaurs still roamed the earth, but it’s been a while.
Dern confirmed the news of her return along with Goldblum and Neill on Tuesday night while attending a fan screening of Battle at Big Rock. The dinosaur-centric short film was directed by Colin Trevorrow, who also co-wrote and directed 2015’s Jurassic World and co-wrote and produced the 2018 sequel, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Deadline broke the news of Dern, Goldblum and Neill’s return, with Trevorrow announced as the director for the upcoming third instalment in the Jurassic World franchise back in 2018.
A video of the pair at Tuesday night’s panel has surfaced and in it we can hear Trevorrow and Dern confirm that she, along with Neill and Goldblum, will be returning for major roles, not cameos. Take all our money, Jurassic World 3.
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Although Dern and Trevorrow did not give any details on the return of the core three original actors, we do know that Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ended with the dinosaurs having escape the park and heading for civilization, so there’s a good chance we may see exactly where Dr. Alan Grant (Neill), Dr. Ellie Sattler (Dern) and Dr. Ian Malcolm (Goldblum) are today. All three actors have previously returned to the franchise, though never at the same time. Neill and Dern both appeared in 2001’s Jurassic Park III, while Goldblum returned for 1997’s The Lost World: Jurassic Park and made a cameo in the new series in 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
Released in 1993, Jurassic Park became an international sensation, earning $914 million worldwide and becoming the highest-grossing film ever released (it was passed five years later by Titanic). The fourth film in the franchise was initially set to be released in 2005 but was stalled, with Jurassic World finally hitting screens in 2015 with Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in lead roles. It quickly became the first film to gross $500 million in its first weekend, and went on to become the sixth-highest grossing film of all time. Pratt and Howard reprised their roles for 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and are both set to return for the upcoming third instalment, which has yet to be given an official title, although we can expect to see it in theatres in 2021.