Sam Neill, the New Zealand actor who portrayed Dr. Alan Grant in 1993’s Jurassic Park and 2001’s Jurassic Park III, has been increasingly sounding off and sharing his excitement about his role in 2021’s upcoming Jurassic World: Dominion. His enthusiasm cannot be understated: Over the weekend, Neill tweeted that Dominion is the “best yet.”
There is reason to believe this outsized claim isn’t in the category of standard hype leading up to any major tentpole blockbuster. Dominion’s director Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World) recently shared in a Comic-Con@Home panel that the upcoming film is continuing a tradition that may have gone unnoticed for many.
“We’ve actually gone more practical with every Jurassic movie we’ve made since the first one, and we’ve made more animatronics in this one than we have in the previous two,” Trevorrow said in the recent panel. “And the thing that I’ve found, especially in working in the past couple months, is that we finally reached a point where it’s possible to… digital extensions on animatronics will be able to match the texture and the level of fidelity that, on film, an animatronic is going to be able to bring. And you didn’t use to be able to really mix them. You could really see the seams. And so that part of it is very exciting for me.”
Dominion is expected to close out the trilogy kicked off by 2015’s Jurassic World. In addition to Neill, the cast is a mix of earlier franchise stars Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum and series newcomers Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt.
Despite previous reports to the contrary, the film is continuing to carry on production safely.
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