Laura Dern, best known for her role as the feminist paleobotanist in Jurassic Park is interested in reprising her role as Dr. Ellie Sattler in a future installment of the Jurassic franchise.
Dern herself has a stacked slate this year. The actress is appearing in a total of three feature films in 2017 including Wilson, The Tale, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi as well as another two television series and a TV mini-series such as HBO’s Big Little Lies and the revival of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks.
While promoting her new film Wilson — which opens in limited release today — Dern dished on her character in the classic dino rampaging blockbuster telling Entertainment Weekly that she told the producers of the ongoing Jurassic World series that Ellie needs to resurface in the franchise:
“She’s the real deal: Kickass, goes on her own to get the power back on, fight off dinosaurs. She’s not taking the boys’ BS. As I said to the people who are making the new series, ‘If you guys make a last one, you gotta let Ellie Sattler come back. She’s always the one who’s saving the day, man!”
Hopefully, Dr. Sattler will reappear in the new franchise. Jurassic Park fans will remember Dern reprised her role as Ellie once already, appearing alongside her Jurassic Park co-star Sam Neil in the rather underwhelming Jurassic Park III directed by Joe Johnston. The film revealed that Ellie had moved on from Dr. Alan Grant to marry and have children with an employee of the State Department but still remained close friends with Alan. It would be disappointing, to say the least, if this was the last we ever saw of such an iconic heroine.
But Dern also revealed we would never have gotten to see her portray the paleobotanist in the first place had Nicolas Cage not convinced her to take the role of Ellie when she and her Wild at Heart co-star were discussing future projects:
“I said, ‘Well,’ Steven Spielberg offered me a movie.’ And he said, ‘What. Movie.’ I started to describe it, and he says, ‘Wait. You get to do a movie where dinosaurs are your costars?! How do I get on that movie? Who can I pay to be part of that movie? Those are the costars I’ve always wanted!’”
The actress added that she told director Steven Spielberg it was Cage who convinced sign onto the project:
“I remember telling Steven I had to do the movie. Because Nic told me he’s always wanted dinosaurs to be his costars.”
Dern can be seen in theaters today in Wilson and on HBO’s Big Little Lies. The actress will close out her year with Star Wars: The Last Jedi when it hits theaters on December 15, 2017.