The final chapter in the Jurassic World trilogy is getting some help from the original cast of Steven Spielberg's 1993 classic. Ending months of speculation, director and co-writer Colin Trevorrow confirmed that Sam Neil, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum would be reprising their roles for the as-yet-untitled Jurassic World 3.

The announcement was made during a special screening of Jurassic World short film Battle At Big Rock (directed by Trevorrow) with Laura Dern joining Trevorrow on stage. Unlike Goldblum's near pointless cameo in Fallen Kingdom, all three original cast members have been confirmed as supporting roles not cameos. Hopefully, Laura Dern will get much more to do than she got in Jurassic Park 3 which was reduced to a brief reunion with Alan (Sam Neil), and calling the coast guard during the hurried finale. The conclusion of Fallen Kingdom found the surviving dinosaurs released into the wild, and the excellent short film (Battle At Big Rock) gives us a taste of what to expect. 

I enjoyed Jurassic World, much like The Force Awakens, it more or less gave audiences what they wanted, a nostalgia-driven adventure with superior special effects. Be that as it may, Fallen Kingdom was a messy sequel, I loved the third act shift into gothic horror, but it felt intensely by the numbers. On the more positive side, the ending presented an enticing prospect for the future with dinosaurs now an expanding part of planet earth's ecosystem. It sounds as though Own Grady (Chris Pratt) & Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) will need all dinosaur experts on hand, and you can't get any better than the original trio. 

Jurassic World 3 is set to start production early in the new year for a June 11, 2021 release. However, you don't have to wait that long for your next fix of the franchise with the Netflix animated series Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous arriving next year. Based on the success of Battle At Big Rock, we could also see more live-action shorts released over the next 20 months.