Exciting news for Jurassic World fans – filming on the franchise’s third film has officially wrapped!
Director Colin Trevorrow announced the news via Twitter on Saturday 7th November after 18 months of production on Jurassic World: Dominion.
The upcoming film, which is scheduled for release in two years, will see Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum reprise their roles from the original Jurassic Park films, while Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return to pick up after Fallen Kingdom’s shocking ending.
Jurassic World: Dominion was one of the first productions to resume filming during the coronavirus pandemic, restarting shoots back in July at Slough’s Pinewood Studios.
While filming was paused for two weeks back in October after several crew members tested positive for COVID-19, it looks as though Trevorrow and his team quickly returned to filming, with the sequel on schedule for its 2022 release.
Read on for everything we know so far about Jurassic World: Dominion.
When is Jurassic World: Dominion’s release date?
Jurassic World 3: Dominion is currently scheduled to release on Friday 10th June 2022, after being delayed by a full year due to delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
And it looks as though Universal are on track for the 2022 release date after director Colin Trevorrow revealed via Twitter that filming on Jurassic World 3 has officially wrapped.
Wrap on Jurassic World Dominion. All my gratitude to our extraordinary crew and cast. We made a family. pic.twitter.com/svD3yURmHw
— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) November 7, 2020
“Wrap on Jurassic World Dominion,” he wrote. “All my gratitude to our extraordinary crew and cast. We made a family.”
The latest entry in the thrilling blockbuster series was one of the first major productions to get back to work after lockdown, but this wasn’t enough to make Universal comfortable with its original release date.
As The Hollywood Reporter reports, the studio has a lot riding on this property, including a wide array of brand deals and merchandising that may have been adversely affected if not given ample preparation time.
On the bright side, filming has been moving along at a solid pace, with only three weeks of principal photography left before the creature feature wraps up.
Sam Neill tweeted that he was beginning to shoot his scenes a few weeks after production resumed in early July, returning to the role of Alan Grant for the first time since 2001’s Jurassic Park III.
— Sam Neill (@TwoPaddocks) August 4, 2020
Even while filming had been paused, director Colin Trevorrow continued working away on the edit from home, as revealed in an Instagram post from late March.
Who is in Jurassic World: Dominion?
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are definitely returning as dinosaur trainer Owen Grady and former park manager Claire Greary respectively, while Isabella Sermon is returning as their adopted daughter Maisie Lockwood.
It’s also been confirmed that Laura Dern, Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum will reprise iconic roles in Jurassic World 3.
Director Colin Trevorrow will be bringing back the original three Jurassic Park stars, with Dern’s character Dr Ellie Sattler, Goldblum’s Dr Ian Malcolm and Sam Neill’s Dr Alan Grant all returning to the screen.
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
Goldblum told presenter Chris Evans on his Virgin Radio show last year: “Well, I guess those dinosaur movies are kind of scary. And we’re gonna do another one of those around these parts come this summer.
“[I’ll] be here shooting with Laura Dern and Sam Neil and Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. Colin Trevorrow as the great director is going to be writing and directing it. And I can’t wait.”
In February 2020, Deadline reported that Altered Carbon star Dichen Lachman had joined the cast, though her role is yet to be specified.
They’re back. Welcome to Jurassic World Alan Grant, Ellie Sattler & Ian Malcom. #2021 pic.twitter.com/28jjkq7Y5P
— Jurassic World (@JurassicWorld) September 25, 2019
Is there a trailer for Jurassic World: Dominion?
Not yet, but a tie-in short film was release last year titled Battle at Big Rock. Check it out below:
— Jurassic World (@JurassicWorld) September 16, 2019
What will happen in Jurassic World: Dominion?
As the short film Battle at Big Rock (see above) suggests, it truly is a Jurassic World now, with dinosaurs living side-by-side with humans and causing disruptions at weddings, roads and campsites, to name but a few.
We also know that hybrids will not be making a return following the debuts of the Indominus Rex and Indoraptor, bringing the focus back to regular ol’ dinosaurs.
As for what role the returning characters will play, Jeff Goldblum has teased that Drs Ian Malcolm, Ellie Sattler and Alan Grant will face an extremely perilous event.
Speaking to Insider about the first scene he had shot with his original co-stars, he said: “It was a scene with me and Laura Dern and Sam Neill and we were – I can’t tell you much – but we were all day in a very tight, enclosed space.
“You’ll see – it’s a mystery you’ll solve when you see [the movie]. The three of us were in a tiny little space and we were being menaced by – I can’t even tell you – a surprising faction of prehistoric creatures that you’ve never seen before.
“There are a lot of animatronic things going on, so there is going to be less CGI I think, and lots of things that we can act with and see with our own eyes.
“We saw some amazing things. We were acting in a life and death situation. We think it might be the last moments of our lives and we’re all bonding with each other in an emotional and somewhat hilarious way.”
Well, let’s hope they get out of that one alive!
It’s also worth noting that several mobsters manage to purchase dinosaurs before the climax of the last film, likely setting up their return in Jurassic World 3 as antagonists with very powerful pets.
Director Colin Trevorrow has described the threequel as a “science thriller” which will be more in line with the original – though likely on a much larger scale.
Jurassic World: Dominion is scheduled to land in UK cinemas 10th June 2022. If you’re looking for something to watch while you wait, check out our TV Guide.