When you look back at the original Jurassic Park, it is understandable that dinosaur kits have attracted the most attention. But beyond T. Rex’s rages and Velociraptor vicious attacks, there is another reason why Steven Spielberg’s 1993 adventure remains so classic: the human characters. The central trio of the film, the paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill), paleobotanologist Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and the chaotic Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) has a specific magic – with magnetic interpretations, ever-changing character dynamics, romantic intensity, comic chemistry and a sense of three ordinary (but very smart) people involved in the most unusual situations.
Now, they are all together again for the first time since this summer’s original film Jurassic World Dominion, with Chris Pratt’s Owen Grady and Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire Dearing. While Ian Malcolm took the spotlight The Lost World: Jurassic Park (also appears Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom for a brief appearance), and Alan Grant was the first Jurassic Park III (with a slight supportive look from Ellie Sattler), they have not shared the screen since. This is a reunion of 29 years in the works. And it’s not just a cameo – we’re talking about important roles.
While director Colin Trevorrow had previously worked with Goldblum, he met in person with Dern (over lunch in Santa Monica) and Neill (at the Sitges Film Festival in Spain) to try to persuade them. “In the beginning, [Neill] “He was probably looking at me with some skepticism and a sideways glance,” says Trevorrow. “I’m not Steven Spielberg. I will never be. And so I really had to start from scratch to convince these people that I could guide them back to those characters that mean so much to them. ”
As it turns out, Trevorrow does not need to worry. For Neil, it was Spielberg exactly the comparison. “This is the guy who reminds me the most. “And I’m not saying it casually – I really do not.” “He is inventive, enthusiastic, always energetic.” Dern also felt the magnitude of the proposed reunion. “Colin really wanted to make it important,” he says. “We find out what it would be like if these three characters came back together and how they would feel about each other. And it’s delicious. ”
Aside from the hereditary cast, there is also the big comeback of the animatronic dinosaurs – including the adorable baby Nasutoceratops that Dern’s Sattler tends to in the above exclusive image. The actress wanted to be just as practical as her character. “I may have asked you at some point to get involved in brushing the slime,” he laughs. “The slime-managing …” Despite the human power in the stars, Neill sees his prehistoric friends as MVPs. “There is no doubt that this is a dinosaur show,” he says. “And these fantastic creatures that have been created will be the stars.”
Reading Empireis full Jurassic World Dominion exclusive to the world – going to the set and talking to Trevorrow, Pratt, Howard, Dern, Goldblum, Neill, DeWanda Wise, Mamoudou Athie and others, with brand new images – in the new issue, for sale on Thursday, April 14th and available for pre- order online here. Jurassic World Dominion is coming to UK cinemas from 10 June.