Despite disruption caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, it won’t be long before eyes are turned towards the third entry in the Jurassic World series – Jurassic World: Dominion. But when will it be here, what will it be about and who the heck is involved?!?

Questions, questions, questions. How about some answers?

The answers to all these questions and more are below in my aptly titled guide: What you need to know about Jurassic World: Dominion.

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When will Jurassic World: Dominion be released?

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At present, Jurassic World: Dominion movie is currently scheduled for release on June 11th 2021. This is the US release date, but as with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom international audiences should expect to see the movie hit their local cinemas a few days before/after this date.

HOWEVER…

Filming on Jurassic World: Dominion was significantly disrupted due to COVID-19. As such, the film’s release date is likely to shift a touch, to accommodate the remainder of the shoot.

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Who is directing Jurassic World: Dominion?

Colin Trevorrow

Colin Trevorrow is taking on directing duties for Jurassic World: Dominion. Trevorrow previously directed and co-wrote the screenplay for Jurassic World (2015) and was a co-writer on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018).

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, back in 2018, Trevorrow said: “(Executive producer) Steven Spielberg asked me (to direct), and when he asks you, what can I tell you, man? In all honesty, over my past few years, I’ve grown to love and cherish the value of the gift that I’ve been given with this franchise.”

Trevorrow wrote the screenplay for Jurassic World: Dominion with American director/screenwriter, Emily Carmichael.

Who will be the main stars of Jurassic World: Dominion?

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Outside of the dinosaurs themselves (of course), Jurassic World: Dominion will see Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, reprising the roles of Owen Grady and Claire Dearing, respectively.

B.D. Wong is also returning. Wong has played the role of Dr. Wu in the series, dating all the way back to Jurassic Park (1993).

Wong’s role has increased considerably over the course of the last two Jurassic World movies.

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Will any ‘legacy’ characters appear in Jurassic World: Dominion?

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Hold on to your butts – Jurassic World: Dominion is bringing back multiple legacy characters to the Jurassic series. Some of these characters are from the Jurassic Park films and some from the Jurassic World films.

The characters include:

  • Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill)
  • Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern)
  • Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum)
  • Barry Sembéne (Omar Sy)
  • Franklin Webb (Justice Smith)
  • Zia Rodriguez (Daniella Pineda)
  • Lowery Cruthers (Jake Johnson)
  • Maisie Lockwood (Isabella Sermon)
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Will Jurassic World: Dominion pick up directly after the events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom?

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As with all of the other Jurassic movies, Jurassic World: Dominion will almost certainly pick up in real time, so should be set three-to-four years after the events of Fallen Kingdom. Therefore, expect Jurassic World: Dominion to take place in a time where humans have had to deal with the impact of dinosaurs living in the US.

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Will Jurassic World: Dominion have a similar horror tone to Fallen Kingdom?

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No – according to Colin Trevorrow Jurassic World Dominion will be closer in tone to Jurassic Park than Fallen Kingdom. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly back in 2018, Trevorrow said:

“If I could contextualize each film, I would say Jurassic World was an action adventure, Fallen Kingdom is kind of a horror suspense film, and Jurassic World(: Dominion) will be a science thriller in the same way that Jurassic Park was.”

Will an Indoraptor or an Indominus Rex appear in Jurassic World: Dominion?

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No, the days of hybrid dinos such as the Indoraptor or the Indominus Rex are pretty much over. In an interview with Total Film magazine (via Bloody Disgusting), Colin Trevorrow, explained that Jurassic World: Dominion would be about taking the series “back to basics”. He said: “I’m looking forward to, in the third film, getting a little back into the Paleontological, wild animal, true dinosaur nature of all of it.”

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Will Jurassic World: Dominion be the last Jurassic Park/Jurassic World film?

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At present, Jurassic World: Dominion is being touted as the final chapter in the Jurassic World series, effectively concluding the story that has centred around Owen Grady/Claire Dearing. Does this mean it’s the final Jurassic movie? Well, that remains to be seen.

The Jurassic movies are very popular, so while Jurassic World: Dominion is set to be the final entry (for now) it is likely the series will take on a new form in the future. This could be a new trilogy, it could be off-shoots, or even a reboot.

One thing is for sure, this series is far from extinct.

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