Speaking with Empire Magazine for the outlet’s 2020 preview issue, director Colin Trevorrow broke his silence on bringing back Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Golblum for the third Jurassic World film.
In late September, it was finally confirmed that the three actors would be reprising the roles of Dr. Alan Grant, Dr. Ellie Sattler, and Dr. Ian Malcolm, respectively.
“We’d have had to come up with a reason why Ellie, Malcolm and Grant all went to the theme park on the exact same day it broke down — again,” Trevorrow said, answering the question of why the dino alums didn’t appear in the first Jurassic World movie back in 2015. “The next film allows the legacy characters to be a part of the story in an organic way. Emily Carmichael and I call it Jurassic Park VI, because it is.”
How they’ll factor into the lives of Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), we have no idea, but we’re excited as all heck to see them come back. Goldblum currently holds the record for most Jurassic movie appearances, having starred in the first two films as well as Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Of course, that last one was really just a glorified cameo, but it still counts.
Neill and Dern returned to the scaly series only one other time, for Joe Johnston’s Jurassic Park III in 2001.
“You start asking the most basic questions: who are these people now? What do they make of the new world they’re living in, and how do they feel about being part of its history?” added Trevorrow. “Ultimately it will be in collaboration with the actors. They know and love these characters. We’ll do it together.”
Jurassic World 3 stomps into theaters June 11, 2021. In addition to co-writing the screenplay with Carmichael (Pacific Rim Uprising), Trevorrow will be retur