Teasing on the nostalgia factor of having all three of the core stars of Jurassic Park – Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum – return to the fold, Jurassic World Dominion is poised to send us roaring back into cinemas.
Directed by Colin Trevorrow, Jurassic World Dominion is the sixth instalment in the Jurassic franchise and follows the events of 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
The final film in the Jurassic World trilogy and the conclusion to the storyline started in the original Jurassic Park trilogy, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, BD Wong and Omar Sy reprise their roles from the previous films in this dinosaur epic, as two generations unite for the first time.
The fusion of those two casts was long-planned. “We designed this trilogy to bring in characters from Jurassic Park,” says Trevorrow. “We had BD Wong in Jurassic World to assure the audience that this was the same timeline, and in Dominion, the legacy cast is as equally involved as Claire (Howard) and Owen (Pratt). We don’t just bring them in to exist in some supervisory, parental role. We send them on a true, honest-to-God, scary-as-hell adventure.”
Taking place four years after Isla Nublar has been destroyed, dinosaurs now live – and hunt – alongside humans all over the world. This fragile balance will reshape the future and determine, once and for all, whether human beings will remain the apex predators on a planet they now share with history’s most fearsome creatures.
“This is a world that Steven Spielberg and Michael Crichton created together, and I have been fortunate enough to be a custodian of it for three films, and everyone who’s worked to make this what it is. I’m so grateful to Steven for allowing a new generation to continue telling the story that he and his collaborators began,” says Trevorrow, who steered 2015’s Jurassic World to a record-shattering US$1.7 billion global box office.
The thrilling conclusion of a three-decade story, Dominion is unlike any Jurassic film that has come before it.
“There is a cataclysmic event in the middle of the trilogy that fundamentally changes everything,” says Trevorrow. “The dinosaurs are taken off the island and released out into the wider world. It was such an amazing opportunity to explore the consequences of that. Dominion is about the need for us to respect the power of the natural world – if we fail, we’ll go extinct just like the dinosaurs.
“Not only are we finishing the story begun in 2015 in Jurassic World, we’re finishing the story that was begun in 1993 with Jurassic Park. That’s a story that takes all the characters in the saga to tell.”
Returning as palaeontologist Dr. Alan Grant, Sam Neill says he was thrilled to be reunited with Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum in Dominion, which was filmed during the pandemic.
“We had an enormous amount of fun working on Jurassic Park, and went through a lot together,” he recalls, referencing the hurricane in Kauai that destroyed the sets. “So our friendships were very much forged in a challenging and trying experience, not unlike the challenges that the world faced in 2020.
“There we were again, in a natural disaster of sorts and the three of us bonded just as we had before. They both make me laugh much more than is sensible for a person my age.”
Fans of Jurassic Park may wonder about the status of Alan’s relationship with Ellie (Dern) all these years later.
“Alan may appear gruff and alarming to some, but really, he’s a softy despite his self-protecting instincts,” says Neill. “The reason that Alan and Ellie didn’t work out in Jurassic Park was because she was determined to have children, but Grant had no interest. But Ellie and Alan meet again in Dominion, which may or may not have a lot to do with how Alan finds himself in jeopardy again.
“Alan barely made it out alive in the first trilogy,” he adds. “After that, he could have turned his back on the world of dinosaurs and tried to live a normal life. But I don’t think Alan would have ever been happy with that. He loves dinosaurs, and there’s a huge amount of history about them that we still know nothing about. Though he’s dug up a few, Alan knows there’s still much more to be discovered.”
Jurassic World Dominion is in cinemas from June 9