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'Jurassic World: Dominion' plunges us into a dino-ruled planet with first jaw-snapping trailer

Jurassic World: Dominion stomps into theaters everywhere Friday, June 10.

By Josh Weiss
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Jurassic World: Dominion has officially risen out of the primordial ooze with its first thrilling trailer. Colin Trevorrow is back in the director's chair to close out the prehistoric trilogy he started back in 2015. Picking up four years after the events of Fallen Kingdom (2018), the world has become overrun with dinosaurs — a new and terrifying reality that fans got a taste of in Trevorrow's "Battle at Big Rock" short film.

As expected, Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) find themselves thrust into another death-defying adventure involving the giant, man-eating lizards with genetically-modified DNA. But this time they'll have some much-needed assistance from a trio of Jurassic Park OGs: Alan Grant (Sam Neill), Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), and Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum).

"I think people may be underestimating the size and importance of Laura Dern, Sam Neill, and Jeff Goldblum’s characters in this movie," Trevorrow told SYFY WIRE in late 2020. "It is very much an ensemble and that element, the ability to take these beloved characters from almost 30 years now and understand how they interact with each other in the context of a world that we’ve really never seen before and have not been able to witness until now."

He wasn't kidding. The trailer, which also takes the time to lovingly pay homage to John Hammond (the late Richard Attenborough), doesn't beat around the bush, delivering plenty of scenes featuring Neill, Dern, and Goldblum. And that's not even mentioning all the species of dinosaurs — both new and old — on display in this footage, including the return of old fan favorite: the frilled and venom-spitting Dilophosaurus. Oh, and Blue's a mom now! We'd call it adorable if she and her child weren't capable of tearing a human apart within a matter of seconds.

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BD Wong (Henry Wu), Campbell Scott (Lewis Dogdson), Isabella Sermon, Omar Sy (Barry), Daniella Pineda (Zia Rodriguez), Justice Smith (Franklin Webb), and Jake Johnson (Lowery Cruthers) are set to reprise their characters from previous Jurassic installments. Newcomers include: DeWanda Wise (She’s Gotta Have It), Mamoudou Athie (Oh Jerome, No), Scott Haze, and Dichen Lachman (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).

Trevorrow (who also serves as an executive producer alongside Steven Spielberg and Alexandra Derbyshire), co-wrote the project's screenplay with Emily Carmichael (Pacific Rim: Uprising). Dominion was one of the very first Hollywood blockbusters to resume production amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the summer of 2020. Multiple virus tests a week — and other strict health safety measures — added an extra $5 million or so to the budget. Filming was forced to halt for two weeks in early October 2020 after several crew members test positive for the novel coronavirus. Principal photography finally wrapped in November of 2020.

Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley are producers.

Jurassic World: Dominion will stomp into theaters Friday, June 10 (about a year after its original release date). Click here to watch a special five-minute prologue that serves as a companion to the upcoming feature.

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