After last appearing in Joe Johnston's Jurassic Park III, Laura Dern's Ellie Sattler has remained absent from the franchise. However, the actor has now discussed the possibility of her return in Jurassic World 3.
Speaking to ET, Dern addressed the possibility of Sattler's long-awaited return, saying, "I don't know. I have no idea. I mean, I love Dr. Ellie Sattler, so I could never say no to that on any level. But I really don't know. I don't even know what they're cooking up yet."
Dern did reveal she met with Chris Pratt, who is currently one of the series' leads, in a restaurant, saying, "We didn't even know each other. It was really funny. We ran into each other's arms and hugged each other like we were family because we were both in the same movie [franchise] and he just seemed fantastic and is hilarious. But yeah, I don't know any more."
If Dern does return, she wouldn't be the first cast member from the original film to do so. Jeff Goldblum had a memorable — but brief cameo — as Dr Ian Malcolm in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. It's unclear if Sam Neill would reprise his role as Alan Grant, as the actor has actively downplayed the possibility, saying the character has either retired or is dead by now.
Still, Fallen Kingdom director J.A. Bayona welcomed the idea of Dern and Neill returning for Jurassic World 3. Whether Trevorrow has some surprise cameos remains to be seen, but it definitely sounds like Dern is up for stepping back into the role of Dr Ellie Sattler.
There are few details available for Jurassic World 3, which is slated for a 2021 release. The movie will see the return of Chris Pratt as Owen Grady and Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing.