Sam Neill's return to the world of dinosaurs recommences this week, he's confirmed, with filming now back on track following Jurassic World: Dominion’s coronavirus hiatus.
The Kiwi actor took to Twitter to announce his reprisal of grumpy palaeontologist Dr. Alan Grant, the star of the first Jurassic Park movies.
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“Hold onto your hats - gettin' my old one back on this week, and facing off dinosaurs once again,” Neill wrote.
“Best yet. Excited and terrified - these things will kill ya... I'm obviously a little more... grizzled now.”
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. With @LauraDern @BryceDHoward @prattprattpratt #JeffGoldblum @colintrevorrow I'm obviously a little more ...grizzled now.. pic.twitter.com/zYtG5uadB2— Sam Neill (@TwoPaddocks) August 2, 2020
Neill was pretty well grizzled when he played the role back in 1993, for the first in Steven Spielberg's dino franchise.
He went on to star as Grant again in Jurassic Park III, having sat out The Lost World, the second movie in the series.
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Dominion will see him back on screen with Laura Dern as Dr. Ellie Satler, and Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcolm, who reprised his character briefly in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and will do so again in Dominion.
Filming had begun in February this year in Canada and London, but was abandoned in March due to the coronavirus lockdown.
Filming then resumed last month at Pinewood Studios with extensive safety measures in place, reportedly including walk-through temperature testing stations and social distancing measures.
Bryce Dallas Howard, who plays Claire Dearing, told Entertainment Weekly's Sirius XM show: “What feels really right about it is that there is this daily conversation, daily communication with all of the actors, with the key crew members and just us consistently being like, 'Okay, how are we going to do this? How are we going to do this safely?’ and not making compromises that could undermine someone’s health.”
The movie is slated for release on June 11, 2021.