With Jurassic World Dominion set to make its much-anticipated premiere on June 10, the promotional push is on for what is now the sixth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise.
The latest of the epic dinosaur adventure films is also being billed as the final movie in the Jurassic World trilogy.
With the end fast approaching, the women of Jurassic World Dominion – Laura Dern, Bryce Dallas Howard, and DeWanda Wise – sat down with Variety to dish about production being shut down during COVID-19, the low-down on Wise’s new character, whether Howard, now an established director, will get to helm a Jurassic movie, and the iconic line from the first movie that wasn’t initially in the script.
Female leads: Laura Dern, Bryce Dallas Howard and DeWanda Wise tget color-coordinated for the cover shoot of the latest edition of Variety, ahead of the release of Jurassic World Dominion, which is being billed as the final in the Jurassic World trilogy
For the cover photo, Dern oozes style in a dark brown three-piece suit, alongside Howard, who’s a color-perfect match in a long skirt and top ensemble. Wise rounds out the three-prong leading lady photo in a leggy off-white dress.
For this latest installment in the trilogy, Dern makes her long-awaited return as Dr. Ellie Sattler, after holding down the female lead in the original trilogy that began with Jurassic Park (1993), which saw her return for what was little more than a cameo in Jurassic Park III (2001).
But this time around Dern shares the heroic female role with Howard, who as Claire Dearing has been opposite Chris Pratt’s Owen Grady in Jurassic World (2015) and its direct sequel Fallen Kingdom (2018).
It is Wise who plays the newbie of the franchise as Kayla Watts, a former Air Force pilot who aids Owen and Claire on their new mission amid a world of ferocious dinosaurs.
Jurassic’s World: For this latest installment in the second trilogy, Dern, makes her long-awaited return as Dr. Ellie Sattler, while Howard makes her third appearance as Claire Dearing, while Wise is the newcomer of the franchise as Kayla Watts, a former Air Force pilot who aids Owen and Claire on their mission.
It’s hard not to feel nostalgic when an end is near, considering the beginning for Dern and the rest of cast and crew of the original film was nearly 30 years ago.
While looking back, the Oscar-winning actress, 55, is still amazed her character’s catchy line, ‘Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth,’ made it into the final cut.
Having been an add in to the script, the line has since been immortalized on t-shirts, coffee mugs and bumper stickers in the packaging of the franchise.
‘God bless everyone involved who allowed this to be in a movie,’ she confessed during the interview. ‘Because that’s what it felt like at that time. I felt like we got away with something.’
While reflecting back, Dern actually preferred another feminist line from Jurassic Park: ‘We can discuss sexism in survival situations when I get back.’
Iconic line: Decked out on a dark brown three piece suit for the photoshoot, Dern admitted she’s still amazed that her character’s catchy line, ‘Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth,’ made it into the final cut of the movie after not being in the original script
Shooting shutdown: Having color-coordinated with Dern for the photoshoot, Howard remembered being how ‘scary’ it felt when production of Dominion was shut down when COVID-19 was deemed a pandemic in March 2020
Franchise newbie: Wise, who’s character Kayla is among the newcomers, showed off her fab figure in an off-white dress over a matching crop top
Among the most prominent memories for Howard in filming Dominion was when life got all too-real across the world with the COVID-19 pandemic, and the subsequent shut down of the production about a month into filming.
‘It was scary. We were shooting on March 13, and I remember Daniela [Pineda, who plays paleo veterinarian Zia Rodriguez] was announcing, “OK, no more basketball. No more Broadway. Tom Hanks has it. OK, we’re shutting down,”‘ Howard, 41, recalled of the time. The shoot would eventually pick back up in July 2020.
For Howard, she has taken some of the star power she earned from the two previous Jurassic films to become an impressive director, with a resume that now includes helming episodes of The Mandalorian and the upcoming remake of Flight of the Navigator.
If the Jurassic franchise were to move on to another chapter, Dominion director Colin Trevorrow is banking on Howard getting a chance to sit in the director’s chair.
‘She knows I want that, so I’m not going to pretend,’ he admitted. ‘Bryce actually can direct whatever she wants, and if she would ever make that choice to come and make a Jurassic movie, we would consider that a tremendous privilege for us.’
Line of choice: While reflecting back, Dern actually preferred another feminist line from Jurassic Park: ‘We can discuss sexism in survival situations when I get back’
Respected director: If the Jurassic franchise were to move on to another chapter, Dominion director Colin Trevorrow is banking on Howard getting a chance to sit in the director’s chair
Setting up the future: ‘It was very important to introduce a new hero who could potentially define the future of this franchise, Dominion director Colin Trevorrow said of Wise’s role as Kayla . ‘We’ve had the opportunity to hopefully make someone that young girls are going to be dressing up as at Halloween for years to come’
Trevorrow found the introduction of Wise’s character Kayla, a bisexual air force veteran from Detroit, vital to the new storyline.
‘It was very important to introduce a new hero who could potentially define the future of this franchise. We’ve had the opportunity to hopefully make someone that young girls are going to be dressing up as at Halloween for years to come.’
‘It was a really dope and atypical opportunity to give her some legs to stand on,’ Wise, 37, said of her character. ‘I always think it shows up [onscreen]; you can feel the difference between a character who’s one-dimensional and one who clearly has had an entire life before she has met any of these people.’
She went on share how she finds it important ‘to expand and diversify what [sexuality] looks like, what it means. It’s the same thing when you’re coming at conversations about diversity and representation in general — which is, at some point, it has to be so well-woven, so matter of fact, that you feel it in the fibre and the truth of the character.’
Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neil and BD Wong are also among the original Jurassic Park cast members to make appearances in this final chapter.
Jurassic World Dominion premiered in Mexico City on May 23, and is slated to debut in theaters in the U.S. on June 10.
Walk down memory lane: Along with Dern, original cast members Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neil and BD Wong also make appearances in this final chapter
How it all began: The Jurassic Franchise began with Jurassic Park (1993), which starred Dern as Dr. Ellie Sattler and Neil as Dr. Alan Grant