It’s been over 25 years since Jurassic Park hit theaters. Since then, it’s become a massive franchise — spawning sequels, a new trilogy of films, and theme park rides. Sam Neill and Laura Dern were two of the original cast members of Jurassic Park and it’s been several years since they’ve played those characters. While fans wait for news that the two actors will lend a hand for Jurassic World 3, they at least have this selfie that the two stars took together. Check it out!
There are lots of celebrities bumping into each other at the 2019 Television Critics Association as they promote their upcoming television projects. Two such actors are Sam Neill and Laura Dern. Neill was there for his documentary mini-series, The Pacific: In the Wake of Captain Cook, while Dern was on hand to promote the second season of HBO’s acclaimed drama Big Little Lies. Of course, when they bumped into each other, they had to take a picture to celebrate the occasion.
Both celebrities shared the photo on social media and welcomed a wave of nostalgia from their Jurassic Park days. And 26 years later, these two still look good!
As Jurassic Park fans may remember, Laura Dern and Sam Neill played paleobotanist Dr. Ellie Sattler and paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant, respectively. The two characters were romantically linked, but Grant’s dislike of children presented a roadblock to the future of their relationship. Both of them were invited to Isla Nublar as experts to weigh in on Jurassic Park and, of course, the whole thing ended up being a terrifying battle for their lives.
However, this isn’t the last time Laura Dern and Sam Neill would reprise their roles together. Though they both sat out The Lost World: Jurassic Park, they returned for Jurassic Park III. Dern only showed up for essentially a beefed up cameo, while Neill’s Grant was the main character of the movie.
Neither has been in a Jurassic Park movie since, but fans are hoping that won’t be the case for long. Their Jurassic Park co-star Jeff Goldblum reprised his fan-favorite character in Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom. He only showed up for one scene in a courtroom, which was disappointing, but with Jurassic World 3 on the way, who’s to say that a full on Jurassic Park reunion isn’t on the table? I’m sure fans would be happy if Laura Dern and Sam Neill got to run from dinosaurs one last time in Jurassic World 3.