Jurassic World: Dominion’s Jeff Goldblum On The ‘Unbelievable’ Experience Reuniting With Sam Neill And Laura Dern

Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill and Laura Dern as Ian Malcolm, Alan Grant and Ellie Satler in Jurassic World: Dominion
(Image credit: Universal)

When the original Jurassic Park was released it became one of the biggest hits the world had ever seen. Decades later, when the franchise was relaunched with Jurassic World, it also became one of the biggest box office hits on record. With Jurassic World: Dominion the two trilogies will truly come together when the stars of the first film Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum, all return together for the first time since that initial outing and join Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. Fans are excited, and Jeff Goldblum is hyping up Dominion, saying the experience was “unbelievable.”

While both Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum made more than one Jurassic Park movie, the three stars of the original film have not returned together before now. Seeing the three of them together again is likely to be exciting for anybody who loved the original Jurassic Park, and that includes the cast themselves. Speaking with Comicbook.com, Jeff Goldblum likened seeing Neil and Laura Dern again to a high school reunion, though he admits he's never actually been to one. He says the first film changed all their lives, which made doing it all again something special. Goldblum explained… 

It's great. I've never been to a high school reunion or a school reunion, but I can imagine it's not... I think I'm spoiled. It's not going to be this good. Because we had such an unforgettable, life-changing time. We were directed by Steven Spielberg. We wound up in a movie that became popular, that people got a big kick out of over the last couple of decades. I see their excited faces. It made a big difference, changed our lives, and my friendship with them changed my life, so seeing them... It really did, and seeing them again was unbelievable.

It’s been clear from all the pictures and video that the cast of Jurassic World: Dominion shared while making the movie that everybody, but specifically, Goldblum, Dern, and Neill, had an absolute blast being together again and making this movie. In the same way that some of the characters have appeared in this franchise again since the initial outing, but not together, I’m sure these actors have seen each other from time to time over the last couple of decades, but possibly not together, and certainly not working together like this. 

Fans of the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World movies are likely hoping to have a similar experience as the actors when they sit down to watch Jurassic World: Dominion. Jeff Goldblum’s Ian Malcolm made a brief appearance in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, but the profile of Dominion increased exponentially when it was revealed that Laura Dern and Sam Neill would be joining him again.

We’d all hoped to have experienced the Jurassic Park trio together again before now, but as with so many movies in the last couple years, delays in production and playing wait and see with release, meant it was not to be. Dominion saw delays due to COVID outbreaks like other films, which then forced a delay in release for the new Jurassic World movie. It seems like all delays are over now, however, and Jurassic World: Dominion will finally arrive in June. 

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.