The Cast of ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park’ Then and Now
In 1997, Steven Spielberg unleashed ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park,’ the sequel to the wildly successful box office smash ‘Jurassic Park,’ following Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) and a team of experts as they investigate a second island where the dinosaurs from the first film were secretly engineered. The film broke several box office records, and became the second highest-grossing film of all time, just behind ‘Titanic.’ Twenty years later, we revisit the cast of this awesome sequel and see what they’re up to now.
Jeff Goldblum, Dr. Ian Malcolm
Then: Jeff Goldblum reprised his role from the first film as Dr. Ian Malcolm, a mathematician and chaos theorist who is called upon by Jurassic Park creator John Hammond to head to Isla Sorna, the sister island of Isla Nubar, to document the dinosaurs still living there.
Now: Goldblum since appeared in such films as ‘Igby Goes Down,’ Wes Anderson’s ‘The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou’ and ‘Morning Glory.’ He starred on the short-lived network series ‘Raines,’ and has had recurring roles on ‘The League,’ ‘Portlandia’ and ‘Glee.’ You can see him next in ‘Le Week-End’ and reuniting with director Wes Anderson in ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel.’ Director Roland Emmerich said the actor will also return for the ‘Independence Day’ sequel to reprise his role as David Levinson, and he’ll also return to guest in ‘Portlandia’ season 4.
Julianne Moore, Dr. Sarah Harding
Then: Julianne Moore played Dr. Sarah Harding, Ian Malcolm’s girlfriend and a behavioral paleontologist whom John Hammond sends to join the expedition to Isla Sorna against Ian’s wishes. Moore’s star was on the rise at the time — she was also featured in Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Boogie Nights’ that same year.
Now: Moore went on to appear in the films ‘The Big Lebowski,’ ‘Magnolia,’ ‘Hannibal,’ ‘Children of Men’ and ‘A Single Man,’ among many others on her lengthy and impressive resume. More recently, she appeared in the films ‘What Maisie Knew,’ ‘Don Jon’ (directed by and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and the remake of ‘Carrie.’ She can be seen next in ‘Non-Stop’ with Liam Neeson, which hits theaters this week, and in both parts of ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’ films.
Vince Vaughn, Nick Van Owen
Then: Vince Vaughn had only recently become someone to watch with roles in ‘Rudy’ and ‘Swingers’ when he was cast as Nick Van Owen, environmentalist and documentarian along for the ride to Isla Sorna.
Now: Vaughn reunited with Julianne Moore a year later in the remake of ‘Psycho,’ but he’s known better for his quick-talking comedic style in films like ‘Old School,’ ‘Starsky and Hutch,’ ‘Dodgeball,’ ‘Wedding Crashers,’ ‘The Break-Up’ (which he also wrote) and ‘Couples Retreat.’ His more recent credits include leading roles in ‘The Dilemma,’ ‘The Watch,’ ‘The Internship’ (which he also wrote and produced) and ‘Delivery Man,’ and he reprised his cameo role as Wes Mantooth in ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.’ Next on the docket are two Vince Vaughn-sounding titles, ‘Business or Pleasure’ and ‘Term Life.’
Arliss Howard, Peter Ludlow
Then: Arliss Howard played Peter Ludlow, John Hammond’s nephew who takes over InGen as acting CEO and plans to open a new park on Isla Sorna unless Ian Malcolm and his team can help stop him. Howard, previously known for his role in ‘Full Metal Jacket,’ also appeared in Steven Spielberg’s ‘Amistad,’ which was also released in 1997.
Now: Howard appeared in the films ‘Birth,’ ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ and ‘Moneyball.’ He starred on the hit series ‘Medium’ from 2005 to 2007, and on the short-lived AMC series ‘Rubicon.’ More recently he played the nefarious Governor Truman Burell on the HBO series ‘True Blood.’
Richard Schiff, Eddie Carr
Then: Richard Schiff played Eddie Carr, a cynical field equipment expert on the team documenting dinosaurs on Isla Sorna. Spielberg cast Schiff after noticing his performance on the TV series ‘High Incident.’
Now: Schiff went on to star on Aaron Sorkin’s acclaimed White House drama series ‘The West Wing’ from 1999 to 2006. He appeared in the films ‘What’s the Worst That Could Happen,’ ‘Ray’ and more recently ‘Man of Steel.’ Schiff had recurring roles on ‘House of Lies’ and ‘NCIS,’ and guest starred on ‘Once Upon a Time’ and ‘The Mindy Project.’ He can be seen next in the upcoming films ‘The Gambler’ and ‘Kill the Messenger.’
Vanessa Lee Chester, Kelly Malcolm
Then: Vanessa Lee Chester played Kelly Malcolm, Ian’s teen daughter from his previous marriage who sneaks her way into the Isla Sorna trip against her father’s wishes. Chester was known for her previous roles in ‘A Little Princess’ and ‘Harriet the Spy.’
Now: Chester went on to have small roles in the films ‘She’s All That,’ ’17 Again’ and ‘Extreme Movie.’ She guest starred on several television shows over the years, including ‘Malcolm in the Middle,’ ‘Crossing Jordan,’ ‘Without a Trace’ and ‘Veronica Mars.’ More recently you may have seen her on episodes of ‘Switched at Birth’ or ‘How I Met Your Mother.’
Peter Stormare, Dieter Stark
Then: Peter Stormare played Dieter Stark, the second-in-command leader of the competing InGen team of mercenaries and hunters sent to capture dinosaurs to help Peter Ludlow open his new park. Stormare was an up-and-coming actor, previously known for his role in ‘Fargo.’
Now: Stormare reunited with Julianne Moore for ‘The Big Lebowski,’ and is also known quite well for roles in ‘Armageddon,’ ‘Minority Report,’ ‘Bad Boys II’ and ‘Constantine.’ He remains an incredibly busy actor, and in the last couple of years you’ve probably seen him in films like ‘Get the Gringo,’ ‘Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters,’ ‘The Last Stand’ and ‘Bad Milo.’ He recently guest starred on ‘Psych’ and ‘Rake,’ and can be seen next in Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Zero Theorem.’
Camilla Belle, Cathy Bowman
Then: Camilla Belle played Cathy Bowman, the young girl from the opening scene of the film who is attacked and killed by tiny dinosaurs on the island of Isla Sorna when her family unwittingly stops there for lunch. Belle previously made her feature film debut in ‘A Little Princess’ with ‘The Lost World’ co-star Vanessa Lee Chester.
Now: As a young woman, Belle appeared in the films ‘When a Stranger Calls,’ ‘The Quiet,’ ‘The Ballad of Jack and Rose,’ ‘Push’ and ‘10,000 B.C.’ More recently she starred in ‘Open Road’ and ‘Cavemen,’ and can be seen next in ‘Amapola’ and ‘Love Is All You Need?’