The prehistoric thrills of the Jurassic World franchise have entertained moviegoers for decades, with the next outing set to reunite the stars from the first ever instalment.
Jurassic World: Dominion sees Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum reprise their roles from Steven Spielberg’s 1993 classic, teaming up for the first time with Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard’s characters from the recent sequels.
The only downside is that fans will have to wait longer than expected for this epic crossover as production delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic have sent Dominion hurtling into 2022.
Filming on the blockbuster was halted in mid-March as cases of COVID-19 began to spike all over the world, but continued in early July at Pinewood Studios, making it one of the first major productions to return to work.
With Colin Trevorrow back in the director’s chair, here’s hoping Dominion will be worth the wait and able to deliver on the promise of Fallen Kingdom’s intriguing ending.
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.
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.