Jurassic World 3 – that’s Jurassic World Dominion, officially – is finally arriving to theaters in 2022. That might seem a way off, but there’s tons of information about the dino-packed sequel out there, from pictures of the creatures in question to quotes from director Colin Trevorrow and the cast, and even a preview of some footage from the movie.
We’ve rounded up absolutely everything there is to know about the threequel below, with a rundown on what dinosaurs we’ll be seeing, what’s going on in that IMAX preview, and who’s who in the cast. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are back in the third movie, and they’ll be joined by some familiar faces from the original film: Laura Dern, Sam Neill, and Jeff Goldblum. We’ve also got the lowdown on how much screen time the returning trio will have below – and that’s barely scratching the surface of our ultimate guide to the movie, so scroll on to get completely up to speed on all things Jurassic World 3.
Jurassic World 3: Dominion release date
With coronavirus holding back big screen debuts everywhere, the Jurassic World 3: Dominion release date has been similarly affected. The movie’s now set for June 10, 2022, a year after its original release of June 11, 2021. In July 2020, the movie became one of the first Hollywood blockbusters to make it back in front of the cameras. Reports indicated that, to get Jurassic World 3: Dominion filming again, the cast and crew all had to isolate within the same hotel complex for a number of weeks, with Jeff Goldblum bringing along his wife and children to isolate with them. Apparently, the whole team would play frisbee every Sunday, and – thanks to Twitter – we’ve seen Goldblum and Sam Neill enjoying some jazz sessions together. Not a bad way to spend a few weeks…
Producer Frank Marshall revealed to GamesRadar+ that, to keep everything secure, director Colin Trevorrow even had to re-work certain scenes. “We were supposed to go to Malta with the main unit,” he said. “And the week before, they had a surge there. Our second unit was already there. Colin [Trevorrow] is pretty fast on his feet, and he rewrote and rejigged a couple of sets with our crack production design unit.
“And we reconfigured a big set that we have on the Bond stage at Pinewood [Studios] to keep telling the story. And then the second unit was there and actually shooting some wide establishing shots and transition pieces that Colin worked with Dan Bradley on – the second unit director. And so we made it work.”
Jurassic World 3: Dominion trailer – are there any teasers for the new movie?
It’s still a little early for a bona fide Jurassic World 3: Dominion trailer, but we’ve got something that’s arguably even better – a dinosaur-packed 10-minute short that helps bridge the gap between Fallen Kingdom and the new movie.
“Battle at Big Rock” is set in northern California, a year after the dinosaurs were set loose at the Lockwood mansion. It shows a vacationing family getting caught in the middle of a scrap between a carnivorous Allosaurus and a family of plant-eating Nasutoceratops, hiding from the carnage in their RV.
Just as interesting as the central plot, however, are the hints at how the world has changed. News reports mention sightings of baby dinosaurs – suggesting they’re breeding in the wild – while there’s talk of adapting to a “new normal”. (The short was released months before “new normal” became part of everyday conversation.)
There’s also a few tantalizing mid-credits scenes: a pack of tiny Compsognathus chasing a little girl; a close encounter with a Stegosaurus causing a car accident; a Parasaurolophus drinking by the side of a river; a spectacular shot of a shark leaping out of the water to eat a seal being topped by a Mosasaur eating the shark; and a Pteranodon swooping out of the sky to catch a dove released at a wedding. The world of Jurassic World 3: Dominion is clearly going to be very different to what we’ve seen before.
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Jurassic World 3: Dominion plot
There might not be a trailer yet to clue us in on Jurassic World 3’s plot, but some footage of the movie did debut at CinemaCon, which gives us a bit of an idea about what to expect. The clip reportedly included Laura Dern, Sam Neill, and Jeff Goldblum, and saw Chris Pratt’s Owen chased by velociraptors, and riding a dinosaur. It’s also said to have shown Dern’s Ellie trying to break out of a dinosaur crate, and the original trio interacting with Owen and Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire.
Plus, director Colin Trevorrow gave a hint about the movie’s themes at the convention. “The movie will ask the question, ‘If dinosaurs lived amongst us, would you be safe?'” he said. “And the answer is no.” It seems this will be another action-packed installment in the franchise, then.
In a recent interview with EW, Trevorrow also teased how the movie might tie all the Jurassic movies together. “To me, [Dominion] is a culmination of one story that’s been told,” he said. He explained that, though the original Jurassic Park trilogy seemed more scattergun in its approach, Dominion is going to retroactively tie them together as one cohesive story.
“When you got to the end of the Jurassic Park trilogy, it may not have been as clear in what the complete story of those three movies was because they were a bit more episodic in the way that they were approached… when you watch Dominion, you really feel like you are learning how much of a story that first set of movies was and how everything that happened in those movies actually informs what ultimately is able to happen in this.”
While Jurassic World shared much of its “theme park goes wrong” structure with the original Jurassic Park – albeit on a bigger scale – Fallen Kingdom made sure that the franchise is now in a very different place. Isla Nublar, the site of the park, has now been destroyed by a volcano, while dozens of dinosaurs have now been set free to roam in northern California.
“The island’s blown up, the animals are out, we can’t put them back in the box, what are we gonna do?” said Chris Pratt in an interview with MTV News. “How are, not only these dinosaurs, but this technology moving forward going to affect the planet? We jump forwards and it’s like, ‘Oh right, oh damn…’”
That time jump will presumably have given the dinos time to get a foothold in the USA, as hinted in “Battle at Big Rock.” Trevorrow explained more about the timeline to Screen Rant: “Everything in my mind has always been pretty much present-day. So Big Rock took place a year or so after Fallen Kingdom in 2019, when it came out, and the T-Rex has just been out in the Sierra Nevada forest where they all escaped to. It’s absolutely massive; it’s a whole section of the state. And so she’s just been living in there; they’ve been struggling to catch her for a very long time. So this is about four years later – it’s when the movie comes out, so 2022.”
It’s also likely that, in the time skip, Owen and Claire will have formed a surrogate family with young Maisie Lockwood, revealed to be a clone of Jurassic Park co-founder Sir Benjamin Lockwood’s late daughter. Lockwood’s decision to replicate an actual human will surely have huge ramifications for the Jurassic World 3: Dominion plot.
Indeed, Trevorrow told Entertainment Weekly that the new movie will be a “science thriller”. “If I could contextualize each film,” he said, “I would say Jurassic World was an action-adventure, Fallen Kingdom is kind of a horror suspense film, and Jurassic World 3 will be a science thriller in the same way that Jurassic Park was.”
We’re guessing that Lewis Dodgson’s BioSyn outfit will be involved in that side of the story somehow – whether he’s taking an interest in cloning dinosaurs or people. Perhaps we’ll also get an answer to the question of whether Eli Mills (the businessman who betrayed Lockwood in Fallen Kingdom) was getting outside help.
Who knows, maybe Dodgson will also be taking a trip to Isla Sorna, the “Site B” dinosaur breeding ground that was the main location for The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park 3. Seeing as it could be an easy instant source of new dinos, it’s strange that it’s yet to feature in the Jurassic World trilogy – especially as Trevorrow’s usually keen to mine the franchise’s back story. Just think of the prehistoric monstrosities Wu could have created away from public view.
One thing we won’t be seeing, however, is dinosaurs doing a Godzilla and trashing big cities. “I just have no idea what would motivate dinosaurs to terrorise a city,” Trevorrow told BirthMoviesDeath. “They can’t organise. Right now we’ve got lethal predators in wild areas surrounding cities all over the world. They don’t go pack hunting for humans in urban areas. The world I get excited about is the one where it’s possible that a dinosaur might run out in front of your car on a foggy backroad, or invade your campground looking for food. A world where dinosaur interaction is unlikely but possible – the same way we watch out for bears or sharks.
“We hunt animals, we traffic them, we herd them, we breed them, we invade their territory and pay the price, but we don’t go to war with them. If that was the case, we’d have lost that war a long time ago.”
Crucially, it seems that the Jurassic World 3: Dominion plot is going to tie up the six-film arc that Steven Spielberg started in 1993. “In terms of the third movie, the goal overall is to bring the entire saga together,” Bryce Dallas Howard told Cinemablend. “It’ll be the sixth film at the end of the day.” Though it won’t necessarily be the end of the Jurassic Park/world universe…
When fantacytube asked the franchise’s long-time producer Frank Marshall if Jurassic World 3: Dominion would be the end of the series, he answered with a decisive “no”.
“It’s the start of a new era,” Marshall continued. “The dinosaurs are now on the mainland amongst us, and they will be for quite some time, I hope.”
Jurassic World 3: Dominion dinosaurs – what do we know about the movie’s non-human stars?
Yes, the human cast members are important, but everybody knows the real stars of the franchise are toothier, scalier and generally scarier. It seems that the roster of Jurassic World 3: Dominion will be expanding on what we’ve seen before.
In an interview with Insider, Jeff Goldblum said: “The first thing that we shot… it was a scene with me and Laura 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.”
The big question is, are they dinosaurs lifted from the fossil record? (The fact that Trevorrow announced on Twitter that Edinburgh University palaeontologist Steve Brusatte has been brought on to the consulting for the film suggests they’re looking for a degree of scientific accuracy.) Or are they ‘new’ dinosaurs created in the lab, such as the Indominus Rex and Indoraptor that caused so much carnage in Jurassic World and Fallen Kingdom? Apparently not. Trevorrow revealed to Screen Rant that there are “no hybrids in this movie,” which means all the dinos involved have walked the Earth at some point. ” I really wanted to focus on dinosaurs that really existed. That’s what made me fall in love with this franchise in the first place… Real dinosaurs are awesome; they don’t need to be hybrids to be awesome,” he added.
He also said that we can expect to see the Giganotosaurus again, after it showed up in the IMAX preview: “The Giganotosaurus – as you can imagine, I wouldn’t do the audience like that by just showing the Giganotosaurus taking out the T-Rex and never seeing it again. So that’s going to be a major player going forward. It’s a pretty badass dinosaur, that thing.”
While we don’t know the Jurassic World 3: Dominion dinosaurs’ identities, we do know that a lot of them will be created with animatronics rather than CG – more so than on the previous Jurassic movies. “We’ve actually gone more practical with every Jurassic movie we’ve made since the first one, and we’ve made more animatronics in this one than we have in the previous two,” Trevorrow said on Collider’s Comic-Con@Home panel. “We finally reached a point where it’s possible to… digital extensions on animatronics will be able to match the texture and the level of fidelity that, on film, an animatronic is going to be able to bring. And you didn’t use to be able to really mix them. You could really see the seams. And so that part of it is very exciting for me.
“[Fallen Kingdom director] J.A. Bayona really, he found the value in creating really photo-real, just beautiful lighting references that could be articulated just slightly. Just a head and a jaw that could move, but painted beautifully, hand-painted. And we do it for all of the dinosaurs now, so when we put it into a space, you can see how the light reacts to the skin. And even if they ultimately do make that a digital animal, there was always something there reacting to the light in that environment.”
The Jurassic World Twitter account gave us an up close and personal look at some practical dinos – and they look scarily realistic.