Ever since Steven Spielberg’s now-classic sci-fi adventure Jurassic Park, based on the 1990 novel by Michael Crichton about a millionaire funding a theme park featuring dinosaurs cloned from DNA extracted from mosquitoes fossilised in amber, first debuted, the threat of dinosaurs escaping the park and taking over the globe loomed over the series, but was repeatedly held at bay. That is until director Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World trilogy launched in 2015, the second entry of which, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in 2018, finally unleashed seemingly thousands of dinosaurs on an unsuspecting world.
While both of these films have done immensely at the box office largely due to the popularity of the series and its many dinosaurs, however, a lot of fans haven’t taken as kindly to the new cast of characters led by Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. One of the most remarkable things about Spielberg’s film was that you genuinely cared and rooted for the humans, not just saw them as dinosaur fodder, yet the series hasn’t managed to re-create that feeling in many years, despite how excited fans got at the prospect of the brief cameos that the original characters have made in later films.
All that is about to change, however, in Jurassic World: Dominion, which not only promises to finally fulfil the fun, wonder, and danger at the idea of our world being overrun by dinosaurs, but also to finally bring Dr Alan Grant (Sam Neill), Dr Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), and Dr Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) back to the fold in full capacity. Drs Grant and Sattler haven’t appeared in the franchise since their brief scenes in Jurassic Park III in 2001, and while Malcolm was actually the protagonist of Jurassic Park II in 1997, he hasn’t been seen again since Fallen Kingdom, where his highly heralded return amounted to a handful of scenes of him testifying in front of the U.S. Senate and then reacting to the news that the dinosaurs had broken out across the world.
Although the first full trailer for the new film, which just debuted, still gives us more footage of Pratt and Howard than Neill, Dern, and Goldblum, this seems to be in order to tease the more expanded roles they’re expected to have here. Long-term fans have already been exploding with delight at seeing our favourite palaeontologists and chaos theorist both back in action as well as playing out scenes that specifically call back to their iconic moments from the first film, including Dern taking off her sunglasses to look up the dinosaurs, and Neill humorously competing with Pratt in saying ‘Don’t move!’ at the sight of a T-Rex.
Another character who promises to return in the trailer is Dr Henry Wu (BD Wong), but that is less of a surprise, as he has over the course of the franchise gone from the head scientist responsible for cloning the dinosaurs in the first Jurassic Park to one of the main human villains in the Jurassic World trilogy.
After a year-long delay due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Jurassic World is set to be released in cinemas on 10 June 2022.
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