Laura Dern Tells Us What To Expect From Jurassic World 3

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When news broke recently that Laura Dern was returning to the role of Dr. Ellie Sattler in Jurassic World 3, fans were so excited they barely took the time to consider what this might mean for the franchise. However, in a new interview with Deadline, Dern speculated about what might happen next—and fondly recalled the franchise’s optimistic origins.

“I think the thing I love the most about playing Ellie Sattler, and this was the early ’90s, was that it was the first CGI movie ever,” she explained. “It was going to become a franchise, but we didn’t call it that. We were less familiar with that as an idea. We were going to do, it felt like, this wild thing that Steven [Spielberg] wanted to attempt, which had never been done before. And he wanted to make sure that if all worked well, that the female in the centre of the story was as much of a badass and as fearless as anyone else. He took it seriously, and she was kind of a feminist.”

In returning to the franchise, Dern hopes to build on that tradition. “I’ve had so many girls and women come up to me over the years talking about her being an icon for them, and that’s meant so much to me,” she said. “So, the idea of reconsidering it is really to look at like, ‘Oh, now she gets to be even more of a grownup and really own who she is, and what she was willing to risk to protect and educate as a scientist and humanist, and like, what would that look like now?’ It’s exciting to continue that journey and see what they come up with, and I’m excited to learn. Steven seems excited. Sam [Neill] and Jeff [Goldblum] seem excited, and I love that, so it’s really fun to think about.”

Jurassic World 3 arrives in theatres on June 11, 2021. Check out the trailer for the 1993 original below.