Jurassic World 3’s Laura Dern Is Seriously Excited About Playing Ellie Sattler Again

Laura Dern looking shocked in Jurassic Park

The Jurassic World series of films has always made a point to tip its cap to the movies that came before it, especially the much beloved original Jurassic Park. But things were taken to a whole new level when it was announced that the forthcoming Jurassic World 3 would not only see the return of Jurassic Park star Jeff Goldblum, who had a cameo in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, but also Sam Neill and Laura Dern.

Laura Dern is an especially big announcement as this will be her first appearance in the franchise since that original film. Fans of the franchise are certainly excited to see the stars of the original film back again, but the truth is it sounds like maybe nobody is quite as excited for the return of Laura Dern as Laura Dern herself. She says she's looking forward to seeing how the old and new stories will be brought together. She's also looking forward to working with her old castmates once again. According to Dern...

I’m very excited to see how it will all weave together. But I know it’s a deep intent both of [director] Colin [Trevorrow] and the entire tribe, including Steven Spielberg, to pay homage to the original and where the franchise has gone from there. The idea of bringing back the original cast, in a really beautiful way, it sounds amazing… the idea of being back with Sam [Neill] and Jeff [Goldblum] sounds like a dream.

Laura Dern's comments to Total Film (via GamesRadar) reveal that she apparently doesn't know much of anything about the story for Jurassic World 3 yet. The movie is set to film next year, and it doesn't sound like Dern has seen the script quite yet. Either that or she's so focused on keeping secrets that she's acting like she hasn't.

One assumes at the very least she has a general idea what she'll be doing since she agreed to be in the movie in the first place.

From the moment it was revealed that Jeff Goldblum would be appearing in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom everybody wondered if we might see other original Jurassic Park characters appear, either in that film or the others that were coming. While nothing materialized for Fallen Kingdom, and Goldblum's entire appearance was basically seen in the trailer, we now know that the trio will be reunited for real in the next film.

When Dern's role was first revealed it was confirmed that the character of Ellie Sadler would be a major role in Jurassic World 3, not simply a cameo. While it was not technically confirmed that the same would be the case for Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill, it stands to reason that the three probably will have similarly sized roles.

We'll see the return of Laura Dern, along with Sam Neil and Jeff Goldblum, when Jurassic World 3 hits theaters in June of 2021.

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.