Jurassic World: Dominion is tying together the world and film franchise of Jurassic Park by bringing back Laura Dern, Sam Neill, and Jeff Goldblum. That being said, many fans are wondering if a love connection will rekindle from the original film.
In Jurassic Park (1993), Dr. Alan Grant and Dr. Ellie Sattler both worked at the dig site in Montana. They were partners for both their work life and personal life. The pair’s chemistry was so strong, and such a driving force in the film that they instantly became a fan favorite. That being said in Jurassic Park III (2001), that romance was long gone. She ended up married to Mark Degler and had two children from him — Charlie Degler and another unnamed baby sibling. Kids were always a topic that Grant and Sattler couldn’t agree on, so the split made sense.
Now, Jurassic World: Dominion takes place 20 years later, and fans were hoping that there would be a chance that after that long, the two may have come back together. In a recent interview with Variety, Neill squashed that possibility.
“Same character, but different world, different times,” Neill explained. “Dr. Grant and Dr. Sattler haven’t seen each other for some time, so you’ll see how that pans out.”
Even if the two are apart, the original characters are set to play a large role in the upcoming Jurassic World: Dominion film, according to director Colin Trevorrow. Trevorrow noted,
“This is the movie that I’ve been waiting to make from the beginning. It’s the one that we have spent the past two movies building to. It really was part of a larger story and part of the design. And I think people may be underestimating the size and importance of Laura Dern and Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum’s characters in this movie. It is very much an ensemble, and that [includes] the ability to take these beloved characters from almost 30 years now, and understand how they interact with each other in the context of a world that we’ve really never seen before, and have not been able to witness until now. It’s very exciting for me. I’m having the time of my life.”
After Isla Nublar’s destruction, Jurassic World: Dominion will take place in Isla Sorna to look at some new dinosaurs. The film is expected to debut on June 11, 2021, after countless delays, and follows Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Interestingly enough, Universal Orlando’s VelociCoaster, which uses the Jurassic World IP and velociraptor characters, and is set to star Chris Pratt opens in summer 2021. There is no official release date for Jurassic World VelociCoaster, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the two correlated.
If you are wondering who is set to star in the film, here are just some of the main characters:
- Chris Pratt (Owen Grady)
- Bryce Dallas Howard (Claire Dearing)
- Isabella Sermon (Maisie Lockwood)
- B.D. Wong (Dr. Henry Wu)
- Blue (Herself / Dinosaur)
- Zia Rodriguez (Daniella Pineda)
- Franklin Webb (Justice Smith)
- Barry Sembène (Omar Sy)
- Lowery Cruthers (Jake Johnson)
- Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum)
- Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill)
- Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern)
You can see Universal’s entire movie release schedule here, which includes what is going directly to digital and what is still waiting for a theatrical release. If you want more Jurassic World, you can check out Camp Cretaceous on Netflix. Camp Cretaceous is an animated series that takes place in Isla Nebular. There are two seasons available for viewers to watch Camp Cretaceous, with a third approved.
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