Cast of Jurassic World: Dominion – meet all the characters on the menu and the best new Jurassic World Dominion dinosaurs

Chris Pratt as Owen Grady in Jurassic World  3

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The cast of Jurassic World 3 unites two generations of dino wranglers – plus a hungry new cohort of snapping super-lizards.

From geek-chic Ian Malcolm and accidental hero Owen Grady to the new Jurassic World: Dominion dinosaurs, here’s everyone you need to know.

Jurassic World: Dominion release date: June 10th 

Chris Pratt as Owen Grady in Jurassic World Dominion

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Chris Pratt
is Owen Grady

Like a lion tamer on steroids with a dash of Indiana Jones DNA, this Navy veteran was hired by InGen in 2015’s Jurassic World to tame the park’s notorious snappy Velociraptors. But after the Indominus Rex burst its paddock, Owen Grady stepped up as the movie’s hero, even finding time among the carnage for a romance with park manager Claire Dearing.  

Like most of Chris Pratt’s roles (see also: the MCU’s Star-Lord), Grady is a likeable everyman with heart and guts. Let’s hope he’s still got both of them by the end of Jurassic World: Dominion (it’s been whispered that Grady will meet a sticky end in this trilogy finale). 

Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing in Jurassic World Dominion

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Bryce Dallas Howard
is Claire Dearing

We first met her as a corporate stiff in Jurassic World, but Claire Dearing grew a backbone and conscience during that first movie and is now more likely to be found in a blood-streaked vest with a T-Rex snapping at her heels. Dearing is chief activist for the Dinosaur Protection Group, but as we watch her hide underwater from a hungry Therizinosaurus in the World Dominion trailer, it seems the lizards aren’t exactly grateful.  

“The experience of Jurassic World for Claire was really a turning point in her life,” Howard told Cinema Blend. “I talked to some folks who have become activists as their career, as their life's mission. And usually there is that defining moment, where they're like, 'Yeah, I had a corporate job and I didn't stop and smell the roses and then this big event happened, and I realised who I was and what I believed in’.” 


Sam Neill as Dr Alan Grant in Jurassic World Dominion

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Sam Neill
is Dr. Alan Grant

We met this world-renowned paleontologist in Steven Spielberg’s original Jurassic Park, when an irresistible financial offer saw Grant quit the bones business and visit John Hammond’s dino theme park as consultant. When all hell broke loose, it was Grant who saved the day, whether rescuing Hammond’s pesky grandkids from a marauding T-Rex or literally kicking a Raptor in the face. 

Veteran New Zealand actor Sam Neill immediately owned the role with a performance that was both hardbitten and twinkly. And as the star told one interviewer, don’t expect the paleontologist to have softened in Jurassic World: Dominion. “Alan Grant is not a people person. He just likes digging.”  


Laura Dern as Dr Ellie Sattler in Jurassic World Dominion

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Laura Dern
is Dr. Ellie Sattler

Back in 1993, this respected paleobotanist was invited to Isla Nublar by John Hammond to assess the park’s plant ecosystem and its effects on the dinos’ diet. In that movie, getting shoulder-deep in Triceratops dung was the least of Ellie’s worries, with this spirited character running the gauntlet to reboot the park’s power (a mission complicated by a pack of Raptors and Samuel L. Jackson’s severed arm). 

Laura Dern’s last contribution to the saga was a frantic phone call with Grant in Jurassic Park III. Now, director Colin Trevorrow told Den Of Geek that the California-born actress’s character will be at the heart of Jurassic World: Dominion. “It was important for the plot to be driven by Ellie. She’s the only one of those three characters that hasn’t had her own movie. Ian Malcolm had The Lost World and Alan Grant had Jurassic Park III…”  

Jeff Goldblum as Ian Malcolm in Jurassic World Dominion

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Jeff Goldblum
is Dr. Ian Malcolm

A hipster mathematician in shades and black leather, the Jurassic saga’s coolest cat is a role that could have been written for the drawling star best-known pre-1993 for The Fly. “Ian Malcolm has been an ever-present pal of mine, these few decades,” Goldblum told Gaming Bible. “It’s been an unexpected and delightful part of my life, all this time. I like this character. He’s smart and provocative. He’s a nice fella to spend my time with.”        

Joining Grant and Sattler at the original Jurassic Park, Malcolm was sceptical about Hammond’s nature-defying concept, even before the munching began. Now, as the dinos spill out across human society in Jurassic World: Dominion, he hates to say he told us so. “There are things that my character has always talked about,” Goldblum told EW, “about the fragility of our species and the global cooperation and ethical science that’s needed to do right by ourselves and our glorious planet.” 


DeWanda Wise as Kayla Watts in Jurassic World Dominion

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DeWanda Wise
is Kayla Watts

It takes a big character to compete with the legends of the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World eras, but newcomer Kayla Watts is an instant fan favourite. The backstory goes that this hotshot pilot quit the US Air Force to set up as a smuggler and is trusted by the shady Biosyn genetics corporation to keep their illegal cargos under the radar. “She mostly flies dinosaur stuff,” the She’s Gotta Have It star told Empire. “But it could be anything.”  

Now, the Jurassic World: Dominion trailer tells us that Watts will need all her unflappable cool, whether she’s wrestling with the stick as a Quetzalcoatlus stabs her engines, or facing off against the ferocious feathered Pyroraptor armed only with a blade. “Cannot wait to share the silver screen with the great and powerful DeWanda Wise,” wrote Chris Pratt on Instagram, “as she makes an entrance you will never forget.” 


The Giganotosaurus in Jurassic World Dominion

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And don't forget the Jurassic World: Dominion dinosaurs!

What would the Jurassic saga be without its scaly antagonists? Back in 1993, Steven Spielberg introduced all the marquee species and gave them distinct personalities, from the swaggering T-Rex to the sneaky Raptors. Since then, every movie has introduced a new breed, whether that’s the swarm of bite-sized Compsognathus in The Lost World, Jurassic Park III’s crocodile-faced Spinosaurus or the fictional gene-spliced Indominus Rex from Jurassic World. 

Now, the Jurassic World: Dominion dinosaurs uphold the grand tradition of old faces and new blood. We’ve seen from the Jurassic World 3 trailer that the T-Rex and Raptors will be running wild in the big cities.

There’s a welcome comeback for the frill-necked, venom-spewing Dilophosaurus that shredded Dennis Nedry in the first movie. But look out, too, for first timers including the aforementioned ice-diving Pyroraptor and the adorable baby Lystrosaurus whose leaked photos sent the web all gooey.  

But the biggest arrival – in every sense – is the Jurassic World: Dominion Giganotosaurus (or ‘Giga’, for short), which director Colin Trevorrow has been waiting to deploy since 2015 as a rival to the T-Rex. “I wanted something that felt like the Joker," he told Empire. “It just wants to watch the world burn.” 

 

Jurassic World: Dominion release date: June 10th 

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