Sam Neill will begin reprising his iconic ‘Jurassic Park’ role this week


If he could survive Jurassic Park, surely Dr. Alan Grant can survive Jurassic World: Dominion, right?

On Sunday the New Zealand native revealed via Twitter that he is about to start work reprising his iconic Jurassic Park character of paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant in Jurassic World: Dominion.

Fans will be excited to hear that production has been back up and running again at a healthy pace for the third installment of the Jurassic World franchise. Neill confirms his start in his tweet saying, “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.”

In other news about production ramping back up, Neill’s costar Bryce Dallas Howard confirmed in June that shooting on the Colin Trevorrow-directed film would resume. Production was stopped in March because of the coronavirus. Just a few weeks ago she enthusiastically tweeted some photos of the bruises she’s received performing her own stunts for the film. Filming is currently underway at Pinewood Studios in the UK and should eventually head back to Hawaii for outdoor shoots, where the other films in the franchise were previously shot.

Howard briefly talked about safety precautions that are being taken on set on the EW Live SiriusXM show saying, “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.”

Back in July, Jeff Goldblum also shared the safety precautions that Universal has set in place for filming. “They gave us 109 pages. They invested all their heart and soul, and a lot of money, into making sure that we’re safe. I won’t bore you with the details, but we’re all going to be quarantined in a kind of a bubble, all the crew and all the cast. And testing and everything,” he said.

Universal released a bit more information detailing the precautions being taken. A production executive said, “A private medical facility called Your Doctor is being assembled at Pinewood Studios to manage the entire production’s medical needs. The new safety protocols include: Covid training for all cast and crew, on-site doctors, nurses, and isolation booths, 150 hand sanitizer stations, nightly anti-viral ‘fogs,’ more than 1,800 safety signs put up around Pinewood, and ‘Green Zones’ for shooting cast and crew. The ‘Green Zone’ will also act as a gateway to the production, as the area will be policed to stop any untested crew from coming in as a further measure to prevent any spread of Covid-19.”

It sounds like safety is production’s number one priority. If only the scientists behind opening Jurassic World had thought as hard as the film’s production team.

Jurassic World: Dominion is currently set for theatrical release on June 21, 2021.

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