Dr. Alan Grant’s presence in the first trailer for Jurassic World: Dominion raises the question of what the character has been up to since he was last seen in Jurassic Park III. 21 years after the Joe Johnston film, the Jurassic franchise once again concludes a trilogy — this time with Jurassic World: Dominion. Colin Trevorrow returns to the director’s chair in a movie that is expected to bring an end to the stories of Chris Pratt’s Owen and Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire.
What started almost as a soft reboot of the franchise has evolved into a continuation of the original Jurassic Park films. After Jurassic World introduced brand new characters in a whole new setting, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom brought back Jeff Goldblum’s Ian Malcolm to share his first-hand experience on how dangerously far humanity can go. The character, however, was not that prominent in the film. Jurassic World: Dominion, on the other hand, is going to reunite Malcolm, Laura Dern’s Ellie Sattler, and Sam Neill’s Alan Grant in more essential roles.
Jurassic World: Dominion will offer audiences a chance to find out what happened to Dr. Grant after the events of Jurassic Park III. Last seen flying off Isla Sorna, Sam Neill’s character has been a no-show in the two most recent films. While there was no mention of Alan Grant in Jurassic World and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Sam Neill has a pretty good theory on his character’s fate. During an interview with ShortList in 2016, Neill revealed that he believes Adam Grant has retired from paleontology and is “sick to death” from all the trouble that dinosaurs usually cause. Neill also believes that Alan Grant currently lives a peaceful life in Ohio working as an accountant.
Although Sam Neill’s headcanon will not necessarily be proven right in Jurassic World: Dominion, the actor’s explanation for Dr. Grant’s absence in the last two films does work. Moving away from the dinosaur world would not have been too out of character for Alan Grant as he was absent from Jurassic Park: The Lost World and seemed tired of paleontology at the beginning of Jurassic Park III. That said, the character’s love for dinosaurs despite all the danger that he has faced should not be overlooked.
What exactly happened to Dr. Grant between Jurassic Park III and Jurassic World: Dominion is a question that the latter will have to answer. While the film could take into account some of Sam Neill’s ideas, it is important that Jurassic World: Dominion has a more inspired and robust answer to offer. As the first trailer for Jurassic World still hid a lot of secrets, audiences will probably not receive any further explanations about Dr. Grant’s lost years until the movie is released.
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- Jurassic World: Dominion (2022)Release date: Jun 10, 2022
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