Laura Dern has been a part of Steven Spielberg’s ‘Jurassic Park’ franchise since the very first installment of the dinosaur films in 1993. Playing paleobotanist Dr. Ellie Sattler, she would go on to have a minor role in ‘Jurassic Park III’ and has been announced that the ‘Dr. T & the Women’ actress will return for the Colin Trevorrow-directed ‘Jurassic World: Dominion,’ joining the ensemble cast that includes many from ‘Jurassic Park’ and the sequel series.
Speaking with People Magazine, Dern discussed the enormous cast reunion and that “saving butts” will be “involved” in the movie.
“I can say that it was incredible to be back together,” said of her co-stars Sam Neil and Jeff Goldblum, who are reprising their roles as Alan Grant and Ian Malcolm, respectively. “It was an amazing thing to join my original cast members and go down memory lane, from that experience in the beginning of a franchise through the whole course of these films together with all the key cast members who have been working on these movies, as well as [director] Colin Trevorrow and Steven Spielberg, who is like family to me.”
“We’ve had a beautiful time remembering what we loved about the origin story, and the first CGI and working with the animatronics of the brilliant Stan Winston, and what we want to hold and protect of the original characters.” She added, “So it’s just been amazing.”
The Oscar-winning actress explained that she went back and re-watched the movies to prepare for the filming of ‘Dominion,’ seeing that it was “creating a complete story” with “the idea of bringing everyone together.” She described reuniting with her castmates as a “high school reunion.”
‘Jurassic Park’ and its 1997 sequel ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park’ were loosely based on science fiction novels by the late award-winning author Michael Crichton. Steven Spielberg directed the first two films while Joe Johnston directed ‘Jurassic Park III.’ Colin Treverrow and J. A. Bayona directed ‘Jurassic World’ and ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,’ respectively.
‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ is set to hit theaters June 10, 2022, by Amblin Entertainment and Universal Pictures. It features an ensemble cast including Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern, Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, Daniella Pineda, Isabella Sermon, Justice Smith, Omar Sy, Jake Johnson, Mamoudou Athie, Scott Haze, Dichen Lachman, Campbell Scott, and DeWanda Wise.
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