Paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant, Paleobotanist Dr. Ellie Satler, and Chaotician Dr. Ian Malcolm will once again be surrounded by InGen’s genetically engineered dinosaurs.
According to Deadline, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern, and Sam Neill—the original stars of Steven Spielberg’s 1993 blockbuster Jurassic Park—will be reprising their characters in the next installment of the Jurassic World franchise. Filmmaker Colin Trevorrow, director of 2015’s Jurassic World and writer/producer of 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, will return to the director’s chair for the next sequel. Director J.A. Bayona helmed the last film.
The news came Tuesday evening during a fan screening of Trevorrow’s short film Battle At Big Rock, an eight-minute short featuring the animals out in the real world. Dern announced to those in attendance that Goldblum, Neill, and herself would be back as their memorable characters in the next film. Shortly after the announcement, the Jurassic World Facebook page shared the news with the picture and caption below:
They’re back. Welcome to Jurassic World Alan Grant, Ellie Sattler & Ian Malcolm. #2021
After the original film, the trio would be split up in the following sequels. Goldblum starred opposite Julianne Moore, Vince Vaughn, and Richard Schiff in Spielberg’s 1997 follow-up The Lost World: Jurassic Park, while Neill and Dern would star opposite Tea Leoni and William H. Macy in Joe Johnson’s Jurassic Park III in 2001. Goldblum’s Malcolm was referenced in Jurassic World through a book the character wrote, titled God Creates Dinosaurs. Goldblum would later reprise his character in the beginning and ending of Fallen Kingdom, warning a special congressional committee of the danger humanity faces in coexisting with these prehistoric creatures.
This writer is a proud Jurassic nerd—which includes nerding out over the Michael Crichton novels, having read both multiple times—who enjoys this franchise while admitting that the later films have been more of a nostalgic adventure and not the groundbreaking Sci-Fi epic that is the original. Yet, with the news of Grant, Satler, and Malcolm reuniting and lending a hand to Chris Pratt’s Owen Grady and Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire Dearing, this contributor can confirm that he will be occupying a theater seat during its opening weekend in 2021.
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