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Life – or rather Hollywood – has found a way to extend Steven Spielberg’s 1993 classic Jurassic Park into an ongoing franchise. But Jurassic World: Dominion isn’t just the sixth installment in the series. Instead, director Colin Trevorrow’s film marks “the epic conclusion of the Jurassic era.” That sense of finality means all bets are off. And Jurassic World: Dominion certainly goes all out in assembling an epic cast that features no fewer than 10 returning stars to the franchise.

'Jurassic World: Dominion' cast members Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Laua Dern, and Jeff Goldblum pose next to a dinosaur statue.
(L-R) Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard lead ‘Jurassic World’ films

As its title implies, Jurassic World: Dominion isn’t just the sixth Jurassic Park movie. It also aims to tie up the trilogy Trevorrow started with 2015’s Jurassic World. That movie was released 14 years after Jurassic Park III’s underperformance threw the series’ future into question. With nary a returning character in that “legacy sequel,” Jurassic World introduced two new leads instead.

Fresh from Guardians of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt brings the same action-hero bravado to his role as Owen Grady. Throughout the Jurassic World films, Owen’s relationship with raptor Blue has remained a significant throughline. Meanwhile, Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) has evolved from Jurassic World park manager to an activist fighting for dinosaur protection. 

Both characters returned for 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and are back in prominent roles in Jurassic World: Dominion

‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ cast reunites the original movie’s stars

Much of the marketing for Jurassic World: Dominion has centered on including the three stars from the original Jurassic Park. Sam Neill is back as Dr. Alan Grant, the paleontologist who survived the first film and was later deceived into participating in the adventure seen in Jurassic Park III. Likewise, Laura Dern reprises her role as Grant’s colleague, Dr. Ellie Sattler, who also appeared briefly in Jurassic Park III.

And fan-favorite Jeff Goldblum is back once again as Dr. Ian Malcolm. Malcolm was, of course, among those who debuted in the original Jurassic Park. And he assumed the lead role in the follow-up, The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Goldblum then re-joined the franchise in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom with an extended cameo that bookends the game-changing events of that film. 

Jurassic World: Dominion marks the first time Neill, Dern, and Goldblum share the screen since 1993’s Jurassic Park.

Other ‘Jurassic Park’ legacy characters make their returns too


‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ Is the Longest ‘Jurassic Park’ Movie Ever

Jurassic World: Dominion dives deeper into the franchise’s past than those names imply. In addition to Pratt, Howard, Neill, Dern, and Goldblum, five more actors reprise their roles in the 2022 film. Daniella Pineda, Justice Smith, and Isabella Sermon all return after their introductions in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. And Omar Sy pops up for the first time since Jurassic World.

Two more characters from the original Jurassic Park also appear, though only one sees an actor reprising their role. BD Wong – who plays Dr. Henry Wu in four of the six Jurassic Park movies – returns in Jurassic World: Dominion. And Campbell Scott joins the cast as Lewis Dodgson, a character first played in the original film by Cameron Thor.