Jurassic World Dominion Featurette celebrates the film’s female characters

In a new featurette published on the Jurassic World Dominion YouTube channel celebrating the legacy of female characters across the franchise. The timing is perfect as the latest installment in the dinosaur adventure brings together different generations of women who, as the clip reveals, take great pride in defying convention on how a female lead or supporting character should be. Start four years later Jurassic World: Fallen KingdomThe upcoming blockbuster will chronicle mankind’s attempt to survive after dinosaurs were unleashed and are now roaming the planet freely.

With that in mind, one of the bigger questions that permeates Jurassic World Dominion whether mankind will outlive the dinosaurs or be crushed by them, the featurette cleverly brings back a scene from the original Jurassic Parkfrom 1993. In the scene is franchise veteran Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) and Alan Grant (Sam Neil) sit in a car and talk about the surreal experience of bringing dinosaurs back to life. Ian says, “God creates dinosaurs, God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man, man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs,” to which Ellie replies, “Dinosaurs… eat people. The woman inherits the earth.”


While this may point to one of the possible endings to the story, the clip is being used as a callback to draw attention to the director and producer from the start Steven Spielberg worked with Dern to bring a much more interesting character to the screen than the damsel in distress. While this may not sound surprising today, in 1993 it was extremely unusual to feature women in action-packed adventures, let alone as part of the action itself.

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The featurette takes some time to bring Dern into focus, and it celebrates Ellie’s return and the character’s story:

“When we made the first Jurassic Park movie, I knew we were creating a character that was unusual for an action movie. It mattered to Steven [Spielberg] and myself that Ellie was a feminist female action figure. […] It felt really exciting that this would become a takeaway for people who loved the film. She’s badass and physically strong and complicated and funny. I would say that for all of the female characters in this franchise.”

Dern’s point is supported by Bryce Dallas Howard, DeWanda Wiseand Isabella sermonwho are all there Jurassic World Dominion and commend how women were portrayed in the film series and the importance of having these characters as role models. Howard then jokes about it Jurassic Park was pro-female from the start, as the dinosaurs in the first film were all female. Maybe women inherit the earth one way or another?

Jurassic World Dominion is led by Colin Trevorrowwho also spearheaded the franchise comeback Jurassic world. He co-writes the screenplay Emily Carmichael (Pacific Rim: Uprising) The occupation also occurs Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), Mamoudou Athie (Archive 81), Dien Lachmann (Agents of SHIELD), Scott Dunst (Minari), Campbell Scott (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), BD Wong (Mister Robot), Justice Smith (Pokemon: Detective Pikachu), Daniella Pineda (Cowboy Bebop), and Omar Sy (lupine).

Jurassic World Dominion Premieres in theaters June 10. You can check out the featurette below:

Watch the official synopsis of the film here:

Dominion by Jurassic World architect and director Colin Trevorrow is set four years after the destruction of Isla Nublar. Dinosaurs now live – and hunt – alongside humans around the world. This fragile balance will reshape the future and decide once and for all whether humans should remain the apex predators on a planet they now share with history’s most fearsome creatures.


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