Life is sure to find a way into the first batch of production stills from Jurassic World: Dominion (out this summer). From cool environments to newly concocted dinosaurs starving for human flesh, director Colin Trevorrow concludes jurassic world the trilogy promises to pull out all the jaw-snapping stops. With genetically engineered lizard monsters now running wild all over the world – co-existing alongside tasty bipeds – the stakes have never been higher.
“I’m very committed to the idea that dinosaurs are animals that deserve our respect and that they deserve our fear, all at the same time, as are lions,” Trevorrow, who co-wrote the screenplay for the film alongside Emily Carmichael (Pacific Rim: Uprising), explained in a conversation with Total movie for the magazine Christmas issue 2020. “So this is a movie that starts to venture into a whole new dynamic and a whole new world where we have to figure out who rules this planet.”
The fear is certainly on display in the image below, where Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) finds herself literally neck-deep in a swamp, chased by a Therizinosaur (Trevorrow revealed the species on Twitter).
The “respect for nature” aspect of the director’s comments can be seen in the following image of Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) gently arguing over a Parasaurolophus against the backdrop of a snowy location near Benjamin Lockwood’s estate.
“It’s not too far from where the dinosaurs came out in the last movie,” Trevorrow Recount Weekly entertainment. “Parasaurs are at risk of being poached. There are a lot of shady guys out there who want to get their hands on dinosaurs, so he’s working to protect them.”
One such “shady guy” is Lewis Dodgson, the unscrupulous Biosyn executive who bribed Dennis Nedry into the corporate espionage that led to the downfall of Jurassic Park. In Domination, Dodgson – we have Dodgson here! — is played by The Amazing Spider-Manby Campbell Scott (reviving the role of Cameron Thor, who was sentenced to six years in prison in 2016).
“He’s the main villain of both [Crichton’s] novels, and I think what Campbell has done with the character is just amazing,” Trevorrow added. “I can’t wait for people to see it.”
Yet, not all of these are peaceful interactions with herbivores. In another part of the film set in Malta, Owen hops on his vehicle of choice, a motorbike, for a quick getaway from a new dino threat known as Atrociraptor.
“If they catch up he’s going to die, I can tell you that,” Trevorrow said during a Q&A for Empire Reviewit is February 2022 issue. “Where the Velociraptor is a bit more of a stealth fighter, the Atrociraptors are a bit more brutal. These things will just come at you. And in this particular case, they picked up his scent, and they’re not going to stop until until he’s dead. They’re pretty brutal. They’re pretty vicious.
As to why the chase is taking place in Malta, the filmmaker explained that he doesn’t want to go the usual route. “I think when people think about what Domination maybe, they assume it will be a T. rex walking through New York. We made a lot of different choices. And one of them is that I wanted to see dinosaurs around old stones, around something that’s old to us, just to illustrate how much older those things are. Moreover, Atrociraptors are made to blend into this background. There are oranges and tans and bronzes and all these colors that we haven’t been able to see before, which really excites me.”
As Ian Malcolm said: “Go faster!”
A fourth image gives us our first look at a brand new character played by DeWanda Wise (The more they fall). We don’t know anything about her, except that she seems ready to spring into action alongside Owen. He has a knife and she has some sort of taser-like device – neither seem to be effective against anything bigger than a Compy.
Yet another tweet from Trevorrow indicates that she is one of the good guys.
“She’s your resourceful, scrappy, adventure-loving [and] new HERO of the Mesozoic,” Wise teased on his Instagram page. “I can’t wait for you to meet her in 5 months!”
the officerJurassic world Facebook page added a few more adjectives into the mix: “Fiery, fierce and ready for a fight.”
And last – but certainly not least – we have Trevorrow giving direction to Pratt and Omar Sy (back as Owen’s velociraptor sidekick Barry Sembène, who hasn’t been seen since the events of the first movie).
“We shot an entire movie at the height of this damn pandemic,” Pratt wrote, sharing the photo below on his Instagram account. last may. “We started in February 2020. It was actually crazy. And the movie is amazing. Thanks to Colin Trevorrow, our intrepid leader. Seen here: Omar Sy and I take a little break to take some directions or maybe talk of something that knows it’s all a blur.”
Jurassic World: Dominion stomps into theaters everywhere on Friday, June 10. Click here to watch a special five-minute prologue.
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