While they may never step on Isla Nublar again, Jurassic Park stars Laura Dern and Joseph Mazzello reunited recently at the Critics’ Choice Awards.
Dern and Mazzello starred as Dr. Ellie Sattler and Tim Murphy in Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, a 1993 blockbuster film adaptation of the science fiction novel by Michael Crichton of the same name. The film premiered on June 9, 1993 to positive reception from fans and critics. It grossed $914 million at the box office and won a slew of accolades, including Academy Awards for visual effects and sound.
Jurassic Park is considered a landmark in the development of computer-generated imagery and realistic special effects and would inspire four sequels: The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park III, Jurassic World and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Mazzello briefly reprised his role as Tim Murphy in The Lost World and Dern would reprise her role as Ellie Sattler in Jurassic Park III.
Dern has had a long and diverse career since Jurassic Park. She won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress on Television for her role as Katherine Harris on Recount, the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Series for her role as Amy Jellicoe in the HBO series Enlightened and another Golden Globe for her role as Renata Klein in Big Little Lies. She is also known her role as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Her co-star Mazzello is best known for his roles as Eugene Sledge in the HBO miniseries The Pacific, Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz in The Social Network and most recently his role as Queen bassist John Deacon in the award-winning biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Mazzello also made his directorial debut in 2017 with Matters of Life and Death, in which he also stars.
After co-writing Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Colin Trevorrow will return to the director's chair for Jurassic World 3. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are expected to return as Owen Grady and Claire Dearing respectively, with more casting announcements sure to come. The film is slated to hit theaters June 11, 2021.