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Jurassic Park Characters We Want To Show Up In Jurassic World Dominion

The marketing for "Jurassic World Dominion" has been fixated largely on the presence of not just new dinosaurs, but the return of leads from the original "Jurassic Park," Alan Grant (Sam Neill), Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), and Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum). 

For Grant and Satler, this will be their first time appearing in any capacity in this franchise since the 2001 installment, "Jurassic Park 3." As for Malcolm, save for a cameo appearance in "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," he's been absent from the series since he upgraded to the lead role for "The Lost World: Jurassic Park." They're not the only classic characters from the "Jurassic Park" franchise that are returning, though, as Collider reports that Campbell Scott will be tackling the role of Lewis Dodgson from the original "Jurassic Park." With the presence of these four characters alone, "Jurassic World Dominion" is angling to play on people's nostalgia and make this an extra special event for ardent fans of this franchise.

However, why stop with these characters? The larger "Jurassic Park" franchise is chock full of characters who are primed and ready for a comeback in "Jurassic World Dominion." These range from child characters we haven't seen in a while to unforgettable villains that deserve a second shot at achieving their nasty goals. The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to figuring out what further classic "Jurassic Park" characters should come back for "Jurassic World Dominion."

Lex and Tim Murphy from Jurassic Park

In the original "Jurassic Park," Lex (Ariana Richards) and Tim Murphy (Joseph Mazzello) are a pair of kids whose ability to navigate computers saves the day and ensures they don't end up as some raptor's lunch. The duo briefly reappeared in "The Lost World: Jurassic Park," but that's the last anyone's seen of them. While the original three lead adults of "Jurassic Park" have been front and center in the marketing campaign for "Jurassic World Dominion," Lex and Tim have been nowhere to be seen. The final film should change this and finally bring back Lex and Tim for more than just a cameo in the expanded "Jurassic World" universe.

After all, these two would have an especially interesting time trying to carve out an existence after everything that happened to them in the original "Jurassic Park." Not only did they get chased by dinos as children, but they're also the grandkids of Richard Hammond, the man responsible for bringing "Jurassic Park" into the real world. What must it be like to navigate all the trauma from childhood endangerment at the hands of a T-rex and have your grandfather be responsible for countless deaths? There's no way these two had an ordinary childhood, and following that trajectory to their modern-day selves in "Jurassic World Dominion" could make for a fascinating reunion. It would undoubtedly make for something more substantive than their throwaway role in "The Lost World: Jurassic Park."

Ray Arnold from Jurassic Park

In "Jurassic Park," the character of Ray Arnold (Samuel L. Jackson) meets his apparent end when Ellie Satler (Laura Dern) goes down to a maintenance shed to turn on some servers. Though initially thinking she's just run into Arnold putting his hand on her shoulder, she immediately realizes this is Arnold's dismembered hand and that the raptors have eaten this man. However, audiences never see Arnold get devoured, nor is there explicit confirmation on-screen that he's perished. He may have lost an arm, but that doesn't mean he's automatically down for the count.

It's not inconceivable to imagine that Arnold could've survived the events of "Jurassic Park," especially considering the actor in charge of portraying this character. Samuel L. Jackson is a legend in the film industry, and the producers of "Jurassic World Dominion" would likely be pleased as punch to bring him back in a sizeable capacity for this newest dinosaur adventure. A one-armed Arnold returning with a vengeance against dinosaurs could be the centerpiece of several exciting set-pieces while also providing some closure on whether or not he perished back in the original "Jurassic Park." Hold on to your butts, folks — it's high time Ray Arnold made a comeback in the "Jurassic Park" franchise.

Dennis Nedry from Jurassic Park

Dennis Nedry's (Wayne Knight) get-rich-quick scheme of sneaking dinosaur DNA out of Jurassic Park and into the hands of competing theme park developers is halted quickly. An encounter with a Dilophosaurus goes from a harmless dinosaur sighting to something more perilous once the creature blinds Nedry with its spit and then attacks him in his car. The last viewers see of Dennis Nedry, he is screaming as the Dilophasaurus attacks him while the shaving cream canister he used to store dino DNA falls down some nearby rocks.

In the original "Jurassic Park" novel, Nedry is unequivocally dead in this encounter, as author Michael Crichton goes as far as to write about how one of Nedry's final wishes is that the pain of his dinosaur encounter would be over soon. However, in the film version, audiences never see Nedry's demise, it's only implied. Given the lack of a Nedry corpse, it's time to bring this guy back. After all, his selfishness helped throw the entire Jurassic Park domain into chaos and set off a chain reaction that resulted in not only the events of that initial film but the entire saga. Bringing an older, blinded version of Nedry back as a primary villain in "Jurassic World Dominion" would be a perfect way to bring things full-circle, not to mention an experience as satisfying as correctly guessing "the magic word."

Dr. Sarah Harding from The Lost World: Jurassic Park

It can be hard to remember, but Julianne Moore is canonically a part of the "Jurassic Park" universe. She didn't just appear in a throwaway role in one of her earliest film credits, either. Moore appeared as the leading lady of "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" as Dr. Sarah Harding, the potential love interest for Dr. Ian Malcolm. In the context of this story, she's depicted as such a gung-ho figure that she gets to the island of Isla Sorna before Malcolm and anyone else in his expedition. Her moxie may have put her just a few seconds away from becoming a T-Rex's dinner, but she's certainly somebody not afraid to jump into danger.

That willingness to go where the excitement and scientific discoveries are makes it peculiar that we've never seen her in the "Jurassic Park" franchise since "The Lost World." Considering her passion for dinosaurs, wouldn't she be one of the first people to respond to any of the events that happened in the first two "Jurassic World" adventures? Now that Malcolm is coming back for a sizeable role in "Jurassic World Dominion," this installment should also depict Harding finally returning to the "Jurassic Park" saga. Not only would it be neat to see how her relationship with Malcolm went, but getting more Julianne Moore in a movie is never a bad thing.

Nick Van Owen from The Lost World: Jurassic Park

There are some things people forget about the "Jurassic Park" movies, and one of the most crucial of those things is that Vince Vaughn is part of this saga. Eight years before his smash hit star vehicle "Wedding Crashers" premiered, Vaughn was outrunning velociraptors under the direction of Steven Spielberg in the role of Nick Van Owen in the "The Lost World: Jurassic Park." The character wasn't the most distinctive in "The Lost World," but Van Owen got a lot of screentime, including being one of the people caught in a trailer dangling over a cliff in one of the movie's most memorable set-pieces.

Most importantly, unlike many members of the film's cast, Van Owen survived the events of "The Lost World." Given that subsequent "Jurassic Park" movies shifted away from Ian Malcolm and his colleagues, not to mention how busy Vaughn has been in the last few decades, it's no surprise that we haven't seen any more of Van Owen since "The Lost World." However, with "Jurassic World Dominion" looking so heavily into the past of this franchise, now might be the ideal time to bring back Nick Van Owen for more dinosaur adventures. Plus, the sight of seeing general moviegoers getting reminded that Vince Vaughn was in a "Jurassic Park" movie would be worth the price of admission.

Billy Brennan from Jurassic Park 3

At the end of "Jurassic Park 3," Dr. Alan Grant and company are rescued by the U.S. Marines arriving on Isla Sorna just in the nick of time. As they are boarding a helicopter, one of the soldiers reveals something incredible: they found Billy Brennan (Alessandro Nivola). The last time the audience saw this character, he had sacrificed himself to a pack of pterodactyls, allowing the others to escape. That seems to be the end of the road for this selfish, although not entirely evil, figure — but now Brennan has been rescued. All bandaged up and barely strong enough to express a meek greeting to Dr. Grant, Brennan survives the events of "Jurassic Park 3" after all.

According to an MTV interview with Nivola, Brennan's reappearance was the result of a last-minute change to the movie's story. As such, the survival of Brennan comes off as a tad abrupt in the context of the overall narrative of "Jurassic Park 3." However, his endurance could become more compelling if he returns for "Jurassic World Dominion." Maybe Brennan survived because he had a much larger role in the larger "Jurassic Park" mythos. Giving him a significant part in "Dominion" could justify this his survival while also potentially building on his previous self-sacrifice. Plus, it'd be interesting to see what his relationship with Grant evolved into after everything they experienced together in "Jurassic Park 3."

Vivian from Jurassic World

One of the great scene-stealing characters in "Jurassic World" is Lowery Cruthers (Jake Johnson), an employee in the park's control room. However, his co-worker Vivian (Lauren Lapkus) gets the biggest laugh of the film with her confused reaction to Cruthers' attempt to score a kiss from her. It's a moment that serves as a testament to Lapkus and her skills as a comedic performer.

At one point in time, Johnson was set to reprise his role in "Jurassic World Dominion," however, challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic prevented this. While Cruthers will be absent from "Dominion," there's no reason the same should be true for his "Jurassic World" co-star, Lapkus, and her character Vivian. After all, if there was even a chance for Cruthers to come back, then it shouldn't be a problem for the narrative of "Dominion" to make time for Vivian to slide back in. 

Even more importantly, having Lapkus back would be a great way to guarantee some comic relief in this project. If this performer could manage to wring some laughs out of a movie as dire as "The Wrong Missy," then having her around in "Jurassic World Dominion" should be a surefire way to generate some giggles in between the scary dinosaur attacks.

Gray and Zack Mitchell from Jurassic World

In the original "Jurassic World," Gray and Zack Mitchell are a pair of adolescent siblings who prove critical to the film's plot and manage to rebuild their fractured connection in the face of potential dinosaur carnage. Though fellow "Jurassic World" protagonists Owen and Claire managed to return for the events of "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," Gray and Zack were nowhere to be seen. Clone girl Maisie had taken over the spot of the requisite kid protagonist in a "Jurassic Park" installment for this adventure, leaving the "Jurassic World" duo nowhere to be seen.

Though "Jurassic World Dominion" already has a lot of characters to juggle, bringing back Gray and Zack Mitchell for at least a cameo would be a great way to tie everything in this trilogy of "Jurassic Park" movies together. Plus, the prolonged amount of time between these two movies means that the duo will have considerably aged up, to the point that they may even both be adults now. Exploring what their lives look like now and what caused them to lose connection with Owen and Claire after "Jurassic World" could make for a great return for these two characters.

Paul and Amanda Kirby from Jurassic Park 3

The events of "Jurassic Park 3" are put into motion thanks to the actions of Paul (William H. Macy) and Amanda Kirby (Téa Leoni) when they trick Dr. Alan Grant to come with them to Isla Sorna to retrieve their missing son. The duo's duplicity ends up getting them trapped on the island and forced to outrun dinosaurs of every shape and size. Though they endure too many closed calls to count, both of the Kirbys manage to survive the events of "Jurassic Park 3," and they even grow closer through these traumatic experiences. There are certainly worse storylines to go through in a "Jurassic Park" movie.

The events of both "Jurassic Park 3" and "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" have not been a prominent influence on the "Jurassic World" movies, and Isla Sorna is not mentioned in either feature. However, "Jurassic World Dominion" could be a prime opportunity to expand the scope of the "Jurassic World" movies to include the entire franchise, especially since the Kirby's associate Dr. Alan Grant is coming back as a main character in "Dominion." It could also be interesting to see how the two's relationship continued to evolve after the events of "Jurassic Park 3" and how their lives were subsequently influenced by having experienced near-death at the hands of dinosaurs. Put simply, it's high time that the Kirby's came back into the "Jurassic Park" mythos.

Dr. Harding from Jurassic Park

In the original "Jurassic Park" movie, Dr. Harding has only a brief role as someone caring for a sickly triceratops. The character's part is so tiny that he isn't even portrayed by a professional actor but rather by producer Gerald R. Molen in a cutesy nod to the project's behind-the-scenes talent. This is in sharp contrast to the "Jurassic Park" novel, where he has a notable supporting role. While the movie version of Harding departs the island before the storm hits, the book incarnation of Harding gets trapped on the island with Dr. Grant and company.

Though Harding's presence got toned down considerably for the film version of "Jurassic Park," that doesn't mean his role in the "Jurassic Park" franchise as a whole has to be similarly slimmed down. "Jurassic World Dominion" would be a ripe location to bring Harding back in a more sizeable capacity. After all, being one of the few surviving characters who knew the ins and outs of the original Jurassic Park theme park, he could be a key connective tissue to the past for the "Dominion" characters to engage with. Molen's presence in the original "Jurassic Park" was so minuscule that you could even recast the part with a professional performer. It's high time Dr. Harding got to play as big a role in the "Jurassic Park" movies as he did in the first novel.

Ed Regis from Jurassic Park

One of the rare characters from the original "Jurassic Park" novels penned by Michael Crichton that didn't make it into the films, Ed Regis is an InGen publicist who works as a gofer for John Hammond. Frustrated with his responsibilities on a day-to-day basis, Ed's existence gets significantly more fraught once he's out on a tour of the Jurassic Park domain with the principal characters and realizes that the dinosaurs have gotten loose. Darting from his tour vehicle to look out for himself, Regis's self-serving tendencies are cut significantly short once a child T-rex devours this slimeball.

Regis was nowhere to be found in the "Jurassic Park" movie, but that doesn't mean he has to be similarly absent from "Jurassic World Dominion." After all, every entry in this saga needs weaselly humans who value dollars over people to serve as grounded villains. Regis could serve that role in some capacity in "Dominion," perhaps even as an otherwise original figure who only shares a name with Ed Regis. Even this would still be a fun tip of the hat to the origins of the "Jurassic Park" franchise and an enjoyable recognition of someone who never got their time in the sun in the original "Jurassic Park" adaptation. It's time to correct that and deliver somebody audiences can love to hate.

Dr. Marty Guiterrez

Among the scant few characters to appear in both of Michael Crichton's original "Jurassic Park" novels that didn't get to show up in the movies is Dr. Marty Guiterrez. Admittedly not the most detailed individual in these texts, Guiterrez is a knowledgeable fellow who proves instrumental in assembling the main characters in the original "Jurassic Park" book. More importantly, he introduces Ian Malcolm to the prospect of dinosaurs reaching the mainland in "The Lost World." If Guiterrez shows up in the pages of one of these books, then he's bound to deliver some shocking dinosaur-adjacent news.

Given how he's not on either of the dinosaur islands and has only a minimal role in both books, it's easy to see why Guiterrez hasn't appeared in "Jurassic Park" media beyond Crichton's initial tomes. However, "Jurassic World Dominion" appears to be putting all the toys on the table by bringing back the original "Jurassic Park" leads. Why not go one step further and deliver the first-ever film adaptation of the Guiterrez character? Even just a side-character off-handedly given the name of Dr. Marty Guiterrez would be a great way to nod to the roots of this franchise and a prominent character who has never gotten to step onto the silver screen.