After nearly a year of rumors, and not-so-subtle hints that Laura Dern would return in Jurassic World 3, life has found a way. Tonight during Collider’s Jurassic World screening and Q&A with Colin Trevorrow at ArcLight Hollywood, Dern herself made a surprise appearance, confirming her return in the sixth Jurassic Park film – and then she took it further to announce Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum would return to the roles of Dr. Alan Grant and Dr. Ian Malcolm, respectively.
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The fan-favorite paleobotanist made her debut in the first Jurassic Park film in a leading role, and later returned in Jurassic Park 3 in a much smaller capacity. Dr. Ellie Sattler’s return has been long requested by fans over the years, and we couldn’t be more excited to learn she will finally make her return to the ever-growing Jurassic saga. Likewise, Sam Neill’s Dr. Grant was last seen in Jurassic Park 3 alongside Dern, while Goldblum made a minor appearance in Fallen Kingdom.
It will be interesting to see what Sattler, Grant, and Malcolm’s roles in the evolved Jurassic World are (especially given the state of things following Battle at Big Rock), and how they come to play what have been announced as “major roles”. As the Amblin press release read, “When the world’s gone prehistoric, you call in the experts.”
While Laura Dern has been absent from the Jurassic films for some time, she certainly has been busy with other projects – such as Star Wars The Last Jedi, The Fault in Our Stars, and Twin Peaks: The Return. Neill has starred in projects like Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Peaky Blinders, while Goldblum has recently starred in Thor Ragnarok and the second Jurassic World. Filming for Jurassic World 3 is expected to begin early next year, and will release June 2021 (20 years after Jurassic Park 3)!
Are you excited to see Dr’s Sattler, Grant, and Malcolm return in Jurassic World 3, and what type of roles do you expect them to play? Sound off in the comments below and stay tuned for the latest news!