Jurassic World rebooted the Jurassic Park franchise without feeling the need to bring back any of the main actors from the first three movies (only relatively minor player B.D. Wong was asked to make a return appearance). This made zero difference at the box office, as Jurassic World brought in $1.67 billion worldwide. Evidently, as long as you have dinosaurs and Chris Pratt, you have the formula for massive profits.
That same basic formula will be employed when the currently-filming sequel Jurassic World 2 hits theaters in 2018, with B.D. Wong again providing the only casting bridge to the original films (as least as far as we know). If the Jurassic World franchise continues after that (and it's almost certain that it will), at least one original Jurassic Park cast member would really like to get in on the action by reprising her role.
No one who saw the original Jurassic Park movies can forget Laura Dern and her amazing talent for making awe-struck faces at the sight of living dinosaurs romping around in the jungle. Dern had a starring role in the first Jurassic Park then came back for a brief appearance in Jurassic Park III, and the actress recently told EW she is game to return for a future Jurassic World film:
“As I said to the people who are making the new series, ‘If you guys make a last one, you gotta let Ellie Sattler come back. She’s always the one who’s saving the day, man!”
Dern also talked about her pride at Ellie Sattler becoming something of a trailblazing feminist character at least as far as blockbuster movies go:
"I feel so proud to have been in what has become this iconic blockbuster, and have a feminist female in the middle of it. She’s the real deal: Kickass, goes on her own to get the power back on, fight off dinosaurs. She’s not taking the boys’ BS."
Jurassic World was actually slammed by feminists (many of whom may have been inspired by Ellie Sattler) who objected to the way Bryce Dallas Howard's lead female character came off. Feminists were particularly bothered by the fact that Howard was made to run through the whole movie in high heels, a decision that was seen as a throwback to an age when women were objectified by action films rather than being allowed to stand as characters. Howard will be back for Jurassic World 2 but without the high heels.
Even if Laura Dern doesn't get a gig in a future Jurassic World movie, she has plenty of work lined up in highly anticipated projects. This summer, Dern will make an appearance of some kind in David Lynch's mysterious revival of Twin Peaks, and this winter she will play a role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. She currently can be seen playing Renata Klein in the HBO miniseries Big Little Lies.
- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) release date: Jun 22, 2018