Jurassic World 3: Dominion is just months away from hitting theatres. The original trio — Laura Dern, Sam Neill, and Jeff Goldblum – are back to assist Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in a new trailer. Dinosaurs have escaped civilization, and the heroes have their hands full. You can also watch the prologue, in addition to the trailer.
We've picked up everything else we know about the picture, from new dinosaurs to the cast, with a summary of the trailers and footage released thus far. Scroll down to learn more about Jurassic World 3: Dominion, the final chapter in the Jurassic Park saga.
Date of Jurassic World 3: Dominion
The Jurassic World 3: The dominion release date has been delayed due to the coronavirus. The movie will now be released on June 10, 2022, instead of June 11, 2021.
In July 2020, the film became one of the first Hollywood blockbusters to resurface. The cast and crew of Jurassic World 3: Dominion reportedly had to isolate for weeks to reshoot the film, with Jeff Goldblum bringing his family along. Every Sunday, the squad would play frisbee, and we've seen Goldblum and Sam Neill jamming together on Twitter. Not bad for a few weeks…
Producer Frank Marshall told GamesRadar+ that director Colin Trevorrow had to rework some scenes to keep everything safe. “We were going to go to Malta,” he continued. “They had a spike there last week.” Our second unit had arrived. Colin [Trevorrow] reworked and rejigged a few sets with our crack production design unit.
To tell the story, we reconfigured a large set on the Bond stage at Pinewood Studios. Then the second unit arrived and filmed some wide establishing and transition shots that Colin worked on with second unit director Dan Bradley. So we did it.”
It also features a pack of tiny Compsognathus chasing a little girl, a Stegosaurus nearing the scene of a car accident, an aquatic Parasaurolophus drinking by a river, a shark devouring an entire seal, followed by a Mosasaurus devouring the shark, and a Pteranodon catching a wedding dove. Jurassic World 3: Dominion's world will undoubtedly be unlike any we've seen before.
Jurassic World: Dominion
Above is an exclusive photograph of Bryce Dallas Howard's Claire in a tricky predicament. Observe the big dino behind her.
Colin Trevorrow also shared a “genuine” dinosaur from the film on Instagram. That's a good point.
DeWanda Wise's new character Kayla was recently announced. It's unclear how she'll be interacting with Chris Pratt's Owen Grady, but she appears to be fighting (or surviving).
Dominion IMAX preview
A trailer for Jurassic World 3: Dominion was shown in front of Fast & Furious 9 at the IMAX. It shows “what Earth looked like long before humans and how dinosaur DNA first came to be carried by a mythological mosquito,” according to Universal, the film's studio. The video has now been posted online.
They have feathers because it is an origin narrative. New scientific facts discovered since the original film should pacify enthusiasts concerned by dinosaurs without feathers. Because Jurassic World Dominion begins before humans, it makes narrative sense that these monsters are real.
“I've always wanted to see dinosaurs in their natural home,” Trevorrow said of the longer preview. “It took decades, but ILM, Universal, and Amblin ultimately made it happen. This is merely a sneak peek at our film. I can't wait to share it with the world next summer.”
On a planet ruled by dinosaurs. There's a cute baby dino and a roaring T-Rex, both with feathers.
The T-Rex also guzzles mosquitoes: 65 million years later, the ramifications of that decision are seen. A T-Rex terrorizes a drive-in movie theatre while a helicopter hunts it. Hope the dinos stay on screen this summer…
“This Cretaceous sequence you're witnessing is the thing I was most excited about,” Trevorrow told Screen Rant. So the idea that people can see it in IMAX right now excites me. I'm ecstatic. And I'm grateful to Universal and everyone else who agreed since we're showing a lot more than just the opening five minutes.”
“It's got everyone,” Chris Pratt said on The Ellen Show. “It'll be similar to how Endgame brought everything together in Marvel.” He wasn't joking. The Jurassic World 3: Dominion cast also includes returning actors from Steven Spielberg's 1993 dinosaur adventure Jurassic Park.
It was inevitable that Pratt (as animal behaviorist/Velociraptor trainer Owen Grady) and Bryce Dallas Howard (as dinosaur activist Claire Dearing) would return. They'll be joined on set by Isabella Sermon as Maisie Lockwood, the young girl they rescued in the last act of Fallen Kingdom.
That we'll be seeing more of Dr. Henry Wu, the original Jurassic Park geneticist, is no surprise – he even appears in the Netflix animated series Camp Cretaceous, which references his dubious methods of breeding dinosaurs. An Entertainment Weekly interview with B.D. Wong from February 2020 announced his role in Jurassic World 3: Dominion.
Daniella Pineda reprises her role as paleo-veterinarian Zia Rodriguez, and Justice Smith reprises his role as computer expert Franklin Webb.
Also, two characters from Jurassic World who sat out the sequel are likely to return. Barry Sembene, Grady's raptor-training companion, will be returned by Omar Sy and Jake Johnson, respectively. Johnson's appearance may now be in doubt due to schedule concerns. When the pandemic hit, everything got pushed back and the timeline got changed, Johnson remarked in mid-August 2020. “We're figuring out the schedule and if it works.”
All four additions have yet-to-be-announced roles, but Campbell Scott is the most intriguing. The Singles/Roger Dodger star will play Lewis Dodgson, a character from Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park novel and film. Mr. Dodgson (Cameron Thor) was the competing businessman who bribed rogue IT guy Dennis Nedry to collect embryos in shaving foam.
Given the franchise's history of antagonists getting devoured, Dodgson – reputedly now the CEO of genetics corporation BioSyn, a recurring adversary of Jurassic Park/World owners InGen – may be the Big Bad this time. Trevorrow has admitted he's the evil guy. In both [Crichton's] novels, “he is the major villain,” Trevorrow told Entertainment Weekly. The public is eager to see it.
The return of original Jurassic Park stars Sam Neill (as paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant), Laura Dern (as palaeobotanist Dr. Ellie Satler), and Jeff Goldblum is the biggest news surrounding Jurassic World 3: Dominion (as chaotician Dr. Ian Malcolm). Even though they've all walked with dinosaurs (Dern and Neill in Jurassic Park 3 and Goldblum in The Lost World: Jurassic Park) this is the first time the trio has appeared together on screen. Their screentime will be considerable, unlike the Goldblum cameos in the Fallen Kingdom. “[I] probably won't be sprinting quite as fast as I was 27 years ago!” Neill admitted to Yahoo! Movies.
The director told GamesRadar+ at a roundtable that “I think people may be underestimating Laura Dern, Sam Neill, and Jeff Goldblum's characters in this movie; it is very much an ensemble.”
He was even more clear to Total Film. His explanation: “Laura, Sam, and Jeff get equal screentime as Bryce and Chris.” You know they're going to clash at some point, but they're not together the whole time. It's not structured the way we're used to seeing Hollywood movies. Nope.
Another original cast member could join the three. In February, Joe Mazzello tweeted: “I suppose it's time to get back to work. So, gang? The timing matches prior movie announcements, but we haven't received official confirmation. Interesting to see if Tim's desire of becoming a paleontologist came true.
Most significantly, Sam Neill has stated that Dr. Grant's headwear will be returning. Okay, so it's hardly Indiana Jones' fedora, but we love a classic…
Also, the upcoming Jurassic World movie will be a little different. It won't be a “typical script structure” with one main character “where everybody knows what happens on page twelve,” Trevorrow told Collider.
Instead, it's “telling two parallel storylines that are just driving more and closer together, and you grasp it, and you start to see how they're going to connect, and then they do.” But that's not how movies are made.”
Laura, Sam, and Jeff are just as important to the plot as Chris and Bryce are, and Trevorrow wants to be sure he doesn't “shortchange anyone.”
JW3: Dominion storyline
While the teaser teases dinosaurs going berserk and wreaking havoc, footage from the film was shown at CinemaCon, giving us a better indication of what to expect. Chris Pratt's Owen was chased by velociraptors and rode a dinosaur in the clip. The original three engaged with Owen and Bryce Dallas Howard's Claire.
To the convention, director Colin Trevorrow hinted at the film's themes. “Would you be safe if dinosaurs lived among us?” he said. “No, it isn't.” So, another action-packed sequel in the franchise?
Trevorrow recently suggested how the movie would bind all the Jurassic movies together. “To me, [Dominion] is the conclusion of one story,” he remarked. Unlike the original Jurassic Park trilogy, Dominion will retroactively connect them as one plot.
“At the end of the Jurassic Park trilogy, it may not have been as evident what the whole tale was because they were addressed more episodically… Dominion makes you realize how much of a plot the previous trilogy was and how everything that transpired in those films affects what can happen in this.”
With the Fallen Kingdom, the franchise is in a very different place than Jurassic World, which shared much of its “theme park gone wrong” concept with Jurassic Park. The park's home island, Isla Nublar, was devastated by a volcano, and dozens of dinosaurs were released into northern California.
“The island is gone, the animals are free, we can't put them back in the box,” remarked Chris Pratt to MTV News. “How will these dinosaurs, and future technology, affect the planet? ‘Oh okay, oh damn…'”
The time jump allowed the dinos to establish themselves in America, as mentioned in “Battle at Big Rock.” Trevorrow told Screen Rant about the timeline: “My mind has always been very present-day. It's about a year after the Fallen Kingdom, in 2019, and the T-Rex has recently been out in the Sierra Nevada forest where they all hid. It's huge; it's a full state. She's been living there for a long time; they've been trying to catch her. So, four years later – the movie comes out in 2022.”
In the time jump, Owen and Claire may have formed a surrogate family with young Maisie Lockwood, revealed to be Sir Benjamin Lockwood's late daughter. Lockwood's decision to create a human copy will undoubtedly impact the plot of Jurassic World 3: Dominion.
Trevorrow called the new film a “science thriller” to Entertainment Weekly. In terms of genre, he categorizes Jurassic World as an action-adventure, the Fallen Kingdom as a horror suspense film, and Jurassic World 3 as a science thriller in the vein of Jurassic Park.
We're guessing Lewis Dodgson's BioSyn firm will be engaged in some way, whether it's cloning dinosaurs or people. Maybe we'll learn if Eli Mills (the businessman who betrayed Lockwood in the Fallen Kingdom) had outside help.
Maybe Dodgson will visit Isla Sorna, the “Site B” dinosaur breeding area seen in The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park 3. Oddly, it hasn't appeared in the Jurassic World trilogy, given how eager Trevorrow is to explore the franchise's history. Imagine the prehistoric monsters Wu could have a built-in secret…
We won't witness dinosaurs destroying cities like Godzilla. What drives dinosaurs to terrorize a city? Trevorrow tells BirthMoviesDeath. “They can't plan. Currently, lethal predators exist in wild areas surrounding cities worldwide. They don't pack hunt for humans in cities. In my ideal world, a dinosaur may jump out in front of your automobile on a misty backroad, or raid your campsite hunting for food. On this planet, dinosaurs are as dangerous as bears or sharks.
Invade their territory and pay the price, but we don't go to war with them. If that were the case, we'd be long gone.”
Importantly, the Jurassic World 3: Dominion plot appears to complete Steven Spielberg's 1993 six-film cycle. “The third film's purpose is to tie the whole tale together,” Bryce Dallas Howard told Cinemablend. “By nightfall, it'll be the sixth film.” It won't be the end of the Jurassic Park/world cosmos…
When asked by Collider if Jurassic World 3: Dominion will be the series' end, longtime producer Frank Marshall said no.
“It's a new era,” Marshall added. “The dinosaurs are now on the mainland with us, and hopefully for a long time.”
What Do We Know About Jurassic World 3's Non-human Stars?
Humans are essential, but the actual stars of the franchise are toothier, scalier, and more terrifying. The cast of Jurassic World 3: Dominion appears to be growing.
It was a scene with me, Laura, and Sam Neill that we were all in for the day, according to Jeff Goldblum in an Insider interview. You'll see – it's a mystery. We were trapped in a small space, surrounded by a strange group of prehistoric creatures you'd never seen before.
The major question is, are they real dinosaurs? (Trevorrow announcing on Twitter that Edinburgh University paleontologist Steve Brusatte will be advising for the film shows they want scientific correctness.) Or are they ‘new' dinosaurs like the Indominus Rex and Indoraptor from Jurassic World and the Fallen Kingdom? No way. That means all of the dinos in the movie have roamed the Earth at some point, according to Trevorrow. “I wanted to focus on real dinosaurs.” That's what first drew me to the franchise… “Real dinosaurs are great, not hybrids,” he continued.
He also confirmed the return of the Giganotosaurus from the IMAX preview: “I wouldn't do the Giganotosaurus taking out the T-Rex and never seeing it again. So that'll be a big deal in the future. “That dinosaur is a badass.”
While we don't know who the Jurassic World 3: Dominion dinosaurs are, we do know that they will be more animatronic than in prior Jurassic films. “We've produced more animatronics in this one than in the previous two,” Trevorrow remarked on Collider's Comic-Con@Home panel. “We've finally reached a position where… No digital extension of an animatronic will be able to match the texture and authenticity of an animatronic on film. And you couldn't truly blend them. The seams were visible. So that part excites me.
J.A. Bayona discovered value in establishing photo-real, attractive lighting cues that could be articulated somewhat. Just ahead and a jaw that moved, but hand-painted. Now we do it for all the dinosaurs so you can see how the light interacts with the skin. Even if they make it a computerized animal, something was always reacting to the light in that environment.”
The Jurassic World Twitter account showed us some terrifyingly realistic practical dinos.
That's it for Jurassic World Dominion. While we wait for the new sci-fi film, check out our list of the best sci-fi movies ever made. Or maybe watch Jurassic World on Netflix. It has some fantastic Dominion teases.