Jurassic World 3: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum Back

The original Jurassic Park trio are returning for Jurassic World 3.

Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill and Laura Dern in Jurassic Park
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Jurassic World 3 may find the dinosaurs colliding with the civilized world (where we last saw them headed at the end of 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), but when they get there they’re going to find some very familiar faces screaming up at them.

The original trio of stars from 1993’s Jurassic Park — Sam Neill as Dr. Alan Grant, Laura Dern as Dr. Ellie Sattler and Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcolm — are all going to appear in Jurassic World 3 under the direction of Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World).

According to Deadline, Dern broke the news at a Tuesday night fan screening of “Battle at Big Rock,” the new short film that serves as a prelude of sorts to the upcoming 2021 feature.

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It is unknown how the threesome will fit into the story, since details about the script (co-written by Trevorrow and Emily Carmichael) are under wraps for now. But they will apparently have significant roles in the story — perhaps they’ll even get to be in the same shot together, a treat that somehow eluded Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

All three have stayed connected to the franchise over the years: Goldblum was top billed in 1997’s Jurassic Park: The Lost World, and made a brief cameo as Malcolm in Fallen Kingdom. Meanwhile, Neill and Dern both reprised their roles in 1999’s Jurassic Park III, with the former taking the lead while the latter just made a quick appearance.

Jurassic World 3 — which will also bring back Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard from the last two films — is due to arrive in theaters on June 11, 2021.

Don Kaye is a Los Angeles-based entertainment journalist and associate editor of Den of Geek. Other current and past outlets include Syfy, United Stations Radio Networks, Fandango, MSN, RollingStone.com and many more. Read more of his work here. Follow him on Twitter @donkaye