Jurassic World Dominion: 10 Original Trilogy Characters We Hope Will Return
With Grant, Sattler, and Malcolm joining the new cast, could other original cast members appear too?
We're one year away from Jurassic World: Dominion and it's safe to say that this is going to be the biggest chapter in the series yet. This won't be the conclusion of the franchise, but rather, "the start of a new era". It seems that the events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will have such catastrophic consequences that can't be resolved in a single movie.
While it'll be interesting to see how Owen Grady and Claire Dearing survive the fallout (and address the whole human cloning issue), fans are most excited to see the return of the original cast.
Sam Neil and Laura Dern are making a return to the franchise, joining Jeff Goldblum and BD Wong once again. Hopefully, all four of their characters will receive more than a quick cameo. However, with so much of the story still uncovered, we have to wonder if any other characters from the original trilogy will pop up in the global madness.
Even though most characters of significance were turned into dino dung, a handful of notable faces survived their walk in the park.
7. Roland Tembo
Sadly, our first entry is more of an honorable mention than a prediction.
In The Lost World, few members of InGen's team were worth rooting for. Roland Tembo was the exception. A big-game hunter, Tembo took point on the expedition to help InGen capture as many dinosaurs as possible. His reward? The opportunity to hunt the ultimate game, the Tyrannosaurus rex.
Somehow, the master hunter turned the all-mighty predator into his prey, taking the beast down with a rifle and two stones the size of grapefruits. After achieving his goal, he's remorseful that one of his companions didn't survive the trip to the island.
We can assume that Tembo would have walked quietly and contently into the sunset, but his regret would have certainly been compounded once he realized that the very T-rex he took down went on a San Diego rampage.
As the only man in the world to successfully hunt a T-Rex and live, it would be great to see Tembo hunt these beasts again on an urban game trail.
Unfortunately, actor Pete Postlethwaite passed away in 2011, and although he could be recast, such a great actor deserves to have his great character laid to rest as well.
6. Kelly Curtis & Sarah Harding
Ian Malcolm, as a character alone, was bad ass enough to take the lead in Michael Crichton's unplanned Jurassic Park sequel. Only raising the character's profile, Jeff Goldblum made Malcolm arguably the most beloved character of the entire franchise, only perhaps rivaling Dr. Grant.
Although Ian Malcolm returned for a brief moment in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, he'll hopefully get more screen time during his row in Dominion. If he gets to do more than spout off a quick monologue, we need to learn what happened to his daughter Kelly and girlfriend Sarah Harding.
Malcolm's character arc suggests that he became a better father and partner following The Lost World. What would he do to protect his family a second time around? Would Harding agree with Claire Dearing that these animals deserve to protected rights and how would that ideology conflict with Malcolm's?
With the ethical and moral philosophies acting as key themes in the franchise, allowing these strong characters to debate their viewpoints would give Dominion story significant depth.
"Dodgson, Dodgson, we've got Dodgson here! See nobody cares."
On the contrary, quite a few fans would care to know what the mysterious Dodgson has been up to since the first film.
Of all of the characters to kick off the Jurassic World series, few would have pegged Dr. Henry Wu as the first to appear. The moment he was revealed to be alive, well, and still playing god, fans wondered who else from the original trilogy could still be lurking behind the scenes.
As long as dinosaurs exist, shady characters will always try to get their hands on them. Although most of these goons were eaten alive, Dodgson is one of the only ones who never came close to harm. Are he and his handlers still trying to get their hands on dino DNA?
Seeing Dodgson appear, even in a cameo revealing that he was helping to secure buyers in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, would be a nice nod to the original film.
4. Lex & Tim
It wouldn't be a Jurassic Park film without a few kids getting emotionally traumatized for the rest of their lives.
It's been quite some time since we've seen John Hammond's grandchildren, Lex and Tim. After surviving the events of Jurassic Park, they appeared briefly in The Lost World not looking too worse for wear. Now that they're adults, it's time to check in on them.
With Lockwood's estate causing the release of dinosaurs into the United States, the surviving members of the Hammond clan would definitely voice their detest and condem the privatization/militarization of dinosaurs. Spotlighting their first-hand experiences, we shouldn't be surprised to see the siblings vocally and financially supporting the cause to eradicate these genetic monsters.
The new cast and the old cast will surely cross paths in Dominion and placing Lex and Tim at odds with Owen and Claire would be an excellent way to put both groups at odds with each another.
3. The Kirby Family
The thought of the Kirby family reentering the franchise is not ideal. No, we really don't need another Kirby family drama, but it would be awesome to see how Eric handles dinosaurs in the wild.
Eric is far from the first child to find themselves running from dinosaurs, but he is the only one that had to survive on his own. With the exception of the few compounds he was able to raid for food and use for shelter, the kid essentially had no resources to survive for the long-term.
Somehow, his intelligence and drive to survive keep him alive long enough to be rescued, but let's not pretend that he's now an Average Joe in society. If he could survive so well in the jungle as a child, he would be the ultimate dino-doomsday-prepper today.
As an added bonus, performances from William H. Macy and Tea Leoni would be welcomed as well, provided that their shenanigans are kept to a bare minimum.
2. Billy Brennan
Speaking of the unbearable Kirby family, there was only one person on the island that was able to keep Dr. Alan Grant sane: Billy Brennan. A colleague of Dr. Grant's, it was evident that the two had a close friendship that showed shades of a familial bond. In many ways, Grant was mentoring Brennan as if he were an older brother or even a fatherly figure.
Young, goodhearted, and a little naive, Brennan was a little too much the younger Alan Grant, which ultimately created a fracture in their relationship. Apart from learning that Billy was alive and Grant was relieved, we have no indication on where their relationship stands post-Jurassic Park III.
Billy was a bright spot in Jurassic Park III and his relationship with Grant, personally and ideologically, deserves further exploration with Dominion's coming events. Will the two have mended fences or has Jurassic World created a deeper rift in their relationship?
1. Nick Van Owen
Love or hate The Lost World, Nick Van Owen was a cool character.
A bit of a playboy and wildcard, Nick was a redeemable character despite any of his flaws. He walked the line in even the most extreme situations and is the sole reason many of our favorite characters made it out of the film alive.
Nick is also a character who audiences love enough to be heartbroken by his death but not completely destroyed. If the stakes are set high in Dominion, major characters need to take the fall. Owen, unfortunately, is just the type of character who writers would send to slaughter in a sequel.
Bringing Vince Vaughn back into the series would be an excellent addition to the story and the cast. Keep in mind, The Lost World was relatively early in his career and he still commanded the screen. He'd complement the new cast well in both comedy and drama. Giving him another go with the character will be anything but disappointing.