It’s a bit like a reunion. Half of the cast off Jurassic World: Dominion – episode six of the dino series, which began with Steven Spielberg’s 1993 film and grossed about $ 5 billion in total – has gathered in London to make a round of international press. The journalists who have flown in are divided into groups of three, participating members rotate. It works well. At least better than a messy press conference at a film festival.
That’s right: they have something to sell, but they take time. California director Colin Trevorrow, 45, who previously Jurassic World (2015) recounted: ‘The previous films had a recognizable pattern. Scientists are embarking on an expedition to a tropical island that may be safe or unsafe. It is usually unsafe. We wanted to do something different with Part Six. ‘
The solution: an ensemble film. All of the franchise’s great characters are reunited for the Grand Finale one last time. Because at the moment Jurassic World: Dominion be the very last part. Old faces, new faces. From the first Jurassic generation, Sam Neill (74), Laura Dern (55), Jeff Goldblum (69) and DB Wong (61) return. They formed the soul of the three-part Jurassic Parkseries based on Michael Crichton’s books.
Then in 2015 came the relaunch, in Hollywood terms: it restart† In the second series, the couple Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) decide the face. Together they have an adopted teenage daughter, Maisie Lockwood, played by Isabella Sermon (15).
There are also newcomers in the last part. This time DeWanda Wise (33) – she plays the fearless pilot Kayla Watts. And you have Mamoudou Athie (33) as the upcoming talent Ramsay Cole at Biosyn Corporation experimenting with clones.
His boss is the diabolical Lewis Dodgson. That character was already in Part 1, but the actor who played him at the time, Cameron Thor, was sentenced to six years in prison in 2016 for intoxicating and assaulting a 13-year-old girl who came to take tuition at his acting studio. . The role of the villain is now skillfully filled by Campbell Scott (60).
See the basic setup of Jurassic World Dominion† ‘Dominion’ from the title – to be translated into: dominion – refers back to the sinister intentions of Dodgson with his mutated dinosaurs. More about the plot we will not reveal, just that it goes completely out of hand with the beasts again.
But first, another evil had to be fought. “We started filming in February 2020,” says Bryce Dallas Howard, “but had to stop in March because of the pandemic.” An expensive joke for such a great movie with a budget of 165 million dollars (153 million euros). In July 2020, we were able to continue taking into account all security measures. So we were about the only actors on the entire planet who were allowed to work. Also this weekend we stayed in our bubble on the set in England. We ate together, we played computer games or frisbee to pass the time.
In a strange way, because out of necessity, that group feeling suited a ensemble film well. ‘In such a film, there are no pronounced lead roles. All are equal. It removes a lot of pressure, because no one has to carry the film alone. And besides, we knew: From part 1, it’s not about the actors. The real stars are the dinosaurs. We knew our place. ‘
Yes: the dinosaurs. The big difference between the previous parts is that they – certainly at the beginning of the film – were not conjured up from the computer, but that there were giant scale models on the set, which were remotely controlled. animatronics, are called such dolls. This allowed the actors in front of the camera to interact with, for example, Giganotosaurus.
DeWanda Wise: ‘The happiest day was when the author Michael Crichton’s widow came on stage: Sherri Alexander. She had taken their son John with her, who never knew her father. When Michael died in 2008, she was six months pregnant. That boy went completely crazy because of about twenty man-sized dinos on the set. “Look, mother, look!” And we all bit our lips, because we understood how beautiful it is that Crichton’s creation lives on. And that his son still got some kind of contact with his father ‘.
Look, this is where Jeff Goldblum comes in. A tall rattlesnake, wearing big black horn-rimmed glasses, just like in the movie. He has many memorable roles behind his name, and within the Jurassic series he is a chaos theory mathematician, Ian Malcolm. A fine antihero, this mad scientist.
Goldblum: Well, I do not necessarily think he’s crazy. He sees things in a broader perspective. Even though he might be a little untraditional and … uhh … color outside the lines. Which of course implies his profession. To me, Ian Malcolm is a person of great compassion. For the dinosaurs, but also for humanity. A person who fights with his comrades against indifference and greed. ‘
The first time he played Malcolm was 25 years ago. What was it like to be among the original cast again? “First we remembered, and then we focused on our new task. To all who enjoyed the first episodes of Jurassic Park it was a life-changing experience. None of us had seen it so big before. ‘
Just think of the “San Diego incident” from Part II. A tyrannosaurus rex frantically breaks loose in the streets and, like a kind of King Kong, stumbles across the city. She is looking for her baby, who is in the minivan with Ian Malcolm. The consequences are catastrophic, but in a short time it ends (of course) well. ‘Okay? Well done! I’ve had nightmares for years about bad dinosaurs chasing me. ‘
When you see the actors come by, you also better understand the logic behind this action movie for 12 years and older. We know it from family sitcoms. They are written in such a way that each age group gets its own character. IN Jurassic World we find people in their twenties, thirties, forties, fifties and sixties and for the teenagers there is 15-year-old Isabella Sermon, who made her debut as an 11-year-old in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom† The British actress was given a break from school for this press day, she says, but ‘next week is still a tough math exam.’
It must have been a strange experience for her to get on board a series that started before she was born. ‘Strange, yes. I was 5 when I first saw the original Jurassic Park so V. My parents had set it up in the living room, and I sat quietly by it. Because of all the dinos I could not believe my own eyes. I also went to rescue them, a whole plastic bucket full. Maybe they want to make me one of those dolls now too. Or a Lego version. ‘
The last word belongs to director Colin Trevorrow. He stayed in 2015 Jurassic Worldand now Dominion† Is he not dino-tired yet? ‘I think Studio Universal has done a decent job with this series. Six films in thirty years, it’s still possible. Compared to other series that have three parts a year, plus one or two TV shows … it’s overkill. ‘
Steven Spielberg, the initiator of it all, has the role of executive producer. Did he keep an eye out? ‘Oh yes. He is still our guide. He read the script and saw that we have different stories, not what one usually finds in a blockbuster. As a rule, it goes from A to B. To make it more special, each member of our ensemble gets his own story and in the end everything collides with each other. ‘
Sometimes he saw Spielberg frown. Then he asked, ‘Are you sure about this? But yeah, if I had to make a copy of the previous movies, it would not be fun for anyone. Not for us and certainly not for the public. I should dare to take the same risks that he once took ».
And what was his answer? ‘Then he said… see, lad… haha. He supported us all the time, but he has clear opinions. If he saw something in the script that could go wrong, he added it with a red pencil: “Look at this again.” I could appreciate that. ”
It would also, by Trevorrow, be very foolish not to.
The biggest creeps
Between the brave brontosaurs in the film (because vegetarians) move the most bloodthirsty species:
1 Velociraptors: agile, fast and deadly.
2 Dilophosaurus: lizard-like
3 Pteranodon: Can Fly
4 Tyrannosaurus rex: was the king of the series
5 Giganotosaurus: Become the new king of the series