Jurassic World 3: Why Dominion Has So Many Legacy Characters
Jurassic World: Dominion is bringing back Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum and here's why Jurassic Park's legacy characters are in the film.
Jurassic World: Dominion brings back lots of the beloved legacy characters from Steven Spielberg's 1993 blockbuster, Jurassic Park, and this is to bring the saga full-circle to complete the link between the Jurassic World trilogy and the Jurassic Park films. Directed by Colin Trevorrow, who helmed 2015's Jurassic World, and scheduled for release in 2021, Jurassic World: Dominion stars Chris Pratt as Owen Grady and Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing but it also brings back Sam Neill as Dr. Alan Grant, Laura Dern as Dr. Ellie Sattler, and Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcolm.
Following the events of 2018's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the dinosaurs of Isla Nublar are now loose upon the world after dozens were rescued when the island was destroyed by a volcanic eruption. The dinosaurs were brought to Lockwood Manor in Northern California to be sold in an illegal dinosaur auction. However, the cloned beasts were released from captivity by Maisie Lockwood (Isabella Sermon), who is, herself, a perfect human clone. Despite Ian Malcolm's warnings, by the end of the second film directed by J.A. Bayona, the Earth has indeed become a Jurassic World as the dinosaurs have spread out across the planet. Further, because the dinos are loose, the cloning tech that created them can now be copied and is no longer proprietary to InGen, the corporation founded by the late John Hammond (Richard Attenborough).
The Jurassic World films have leaned on nostalgia and evoked story beats and imagery from the Jurassic Park movies but the first two Jurassic Worlds were actually careful not to utilize the legacy characters from the original trilogy; even Jeff Goldblum's much-hyped return as Ian Malcolm in Fallen Kingdom only amounted to a few minutes of screen time. However, Jurassic World: Dominion promises that Alan Grant, Ellie Sattler, and Ian Malcolm will appear "all throughout the film" and will factor in significantly in the dino action, alongside Owen Grady, Claire Dearing, and the newer Jurassic World characters. Plus, along with Jurassic Park's "Big Three", Jurassic World: Dominion will also see the return of Dr. Henry Wu (B.D. Wong), who became a villain in the new trilogy, and Lewis Dodgson (Campbell Scott), the villain from Jurassic Park who once bribed Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight) to steal InGen's dinosaur embryos in a shaving cream can.
Trevorrow told Empire that part of the fun of bringing back the original Jurassic Park trio is that it asks the big questions audiences want to know: "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?" After all, Grant and Sattler last appeared together in 2001's Jurassic World III where Alan was tricked into traveling to the dinosaur-infested Isla Sorna, AKA Site B. Malcolm also previously survived his own trip to Site B in 1997's The Lost World: Jurassic Park. But in Jurassic World: Dominion, with dinosaurs no longer confined to an island and loose upon the planet, it makes perfect sense that the world's foremost experts in facing InGen's cloned dinos are thrust back into action.
Not only are fans excited to see Grant, Sattler, and Malcolm back in action but the actors also wanted to be part of the final film in the Jurassic World trilogy. In 2017, Laura Dern told MovieWeb, "I said to the people who are making the new series, 'If you guys make a last one, you gotta let Ellie Sattler come back'." The new cast of Jurassic World is also thrilled to work alongside the original Jurassic heroes. Chris Pratt said to Yahoo! that Jurassic World: Dominion would be like "the Avengers: Endgame of Jurassic movies... It's got pretty much everybody in it... It's going to feel very much like how Endgame brought everything together for Marvel." Hopefully, Jurassic World: Dominion delivers the grand finale that satisfyingly concludes the six-film Jurassic saga and gives the legacy Jurassic Park characters the fitting sendoff they, and the fans, deserve.