After almost 30 years since his first appearance as Alan Grant, it’s no surprise that actor Sam Neill is excited to get back to the story that his character began so long ago.
Considering his character knows exactly what kind of damage the genetically modified dinosaurs can do, it’s no surprise he’s terrified, either.
Jurassic World: Dominion will be the sixth film in the franchise, and the third following its reboot with Jurassic World in 2015. Despite being a staple of the original Jurassic Park, Neill’s character has not yet appeared in the reboot, so it will be great to finally see him back in action.
The actor expressed his excitement before he began filming this week as he shared a picture of himself from the original trilogy and described the upcoming film as the ‘best yet’.
“Hold onto your hats- gettin’ my old one back on this week, and facing off dinosaurs once again. Best yet. Excited and terrified- these things will kill ya… I’m obviously a little more …grizzled now..”
The following day, August 3, he shared the same picture and noted that he will be ‘back in The Grant Hat and into the Whole Jurassic World’, adding ‘Terror knows no bounds.’
Jurassic fans were quick to express their excitement for the return of Dr. Grant, and Neill further fuelled the hype on August 4, with a snap of his old hat ready for wearing once again.
Jurassic World: Dominion is set to be released in June 2021, and in July this year it became one of the first major films to restart production following coronavirus lockdowns in March.
Director Colin Trevorrow said in Empire that the team was able to make the halt in filming work in their favor.
“For many of us, Dominion was already the biggest creative challenge of our lives, before the lockdown,” the director said. “The shooting schedule really worked to our advantage – the first four weeks we put to film were mostly sequences with dinosaurs in them. So that allowed us to get a head start on VFX and workshop some of the newer elements without the pressure of a looming deadline.”
Trevorrow went on to say the cast and crew were ‘all fired up to get back to work’, and now things are officially underway hopefully they’ll be able to produce some of the best dinosaur action yet.