Jurassic World: Dominion — Everything You Need to Know
Dinosaurs roam the Earth once again, and after the events of JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM, the genetically recreated dinos are no longer contained to a remote island. The second movie in the JURASSIC WORLD trilogy ended (spoiler!) with a whole host of dinosaurs roaming out in the wild, and Jeff Goldblum's character Doctor Ian Malcolm proclaiming the beginning of a Neo-Jurassic Age.
And that's where the new movie in the series, JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION begins. This sequel has a lot of story to follow up on, and will feature the return of at least two characters who have been part of the JURASSIC story from the very beginning. Here's everything you need to know about JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION.
The Jurassic World: Dominion Release Date
JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION is currently set to be released on June 10, 2022.
Is There a Jurassic World: Dominion Trailer?
There's not yet a trailer for JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION, as the movie only finished shooting in November 2020! You'll find a lot of fan-made trailers on YouTube, but none of them feature actual footage from the movie, as no new scenes have been shown to the public so far.
The Jurassic World: Dominion Cast
The biggest news about the JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION cast is that Laura Dern and Sam Neill are returning to play their characters from the original JURASSIC PARK. Dern's Dr. Ellie Sattler and Neill's Dr. Alan Grant are part of the story — just as Jeff Goldblum's character Dr. Ian Malcolm returned for FALLEN KINGDOM. (He's in DOMINION, too.)
Hold onto your hats- gettin' my old one back on this week , and facing off dinosaurs once again. Best yet .Excited and terrified- these things will kill ya. With @LauraDern @BryceDHoward @prattprattpratt #JeffGoldblum @colintrevorrow I'm obviously a little more ...grizzled now.. pic.twitter.com/zYtG5uadB2— Sam Neill (@TwoPaddocks) August 2, 2020
In addition, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will be back, as Owen Grady and Claire Dearing, while Isabella Sermon returns as Maisie Lockwood and BD Wong is back to play Dr. Henry Wu. The cast also features Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, Daniella Pineda, Justice Smith, Dichen Lachman, Mamoudou Athie, DeWanda Wise, and Scott Haze.
Making a Monster Movie During a Pandemic
DOMINION began shooting early in 2020, just before worldwide precautions taken to slow the spread of COVID-19 caused production to shut down. JURASSIC WORLD 3 was also the first major studio production to get back to work in July. Universal's Donna Langley said, "As we continue to contend with the challenges facing our industry during a global pandemic, the collaborative nature of this production allowed us to safely complete nearly 100 days of shooting, and we are so proud of what this team was able to accomplish." The cast lived together in a "bubble" during production. Director Colin Trevorrow said, "I think that close proximity to each other has made the movie better. Everything we were going through emotionally we would share. We would rehearse on Sundays, we crafted the characters, which made the emotion of the film richer. I think the movie will be stronger for it."
The Story in Jurassic World: Dominion
What is JURASSIC WORLD 3 about? While we don't know the full storyline (and wouldn't want to at this stage!) director and co-writer Colin Trevorrow has discussed some of his ideas. Perhaps the most important is that, while dinosaurs do exist out in the wild thanks to the events of the last movie, we shouldn't expect a monster movie where angry dinos attack a city.
He told Jurassic Outpost, "The world I get excited about is the one where it’s possible that a dinosaur might run out in front of your car on a foggy backroad, or invade your campground looking for food. A world where dinosaur interaction is unlikely but possible—the same way we watch out for bears or sharks."
Dinosaurs for Everyone!
In the previous JURASSIC PARK and JURASSIC WORLD movies, dinosaur breeding has been a passtime for only a very few. Trevorrow suggests that, as the animals — and their DNA — have escaped out into the world, their genetic code has gone "open source." Or, as Trevorrow put it to Wired back in 2015, "What if there are 15 different entities around the world who can make a dinosaur?"
While there's a whole lot we don't know about JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION, one thing is very clear: both the second and third JURASSIC WORLD movies were conceived with one another in mind. In 2018, FALLEN KINGDOM director J.A. Bayona told Empire that, when working on his movie, they realized some moments were "more like a Jurassic [World] 3 scene." Those ideas were held back for DOMINION, because "Some of those scenes we thought were better seen in a world where dinosaurs had spread all over the world.
Trevorrow also told Empire that the idea of the second movie was "to show that the equilibrium has changed for the characters and for the world." Following that film, "nothing will ever be the same," but there's "the promise of us being able to take this into a place that is truly exciting and something that we haven't seen before. I have a dinosaur movie that I've always wanted to see, and it took two movies to earn it."
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