Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill to return for 'major roles' in 'Jurassic World 3'

Some familiar faces are making a return to the "Jurassic" franchise. 

Speaking to an audience attending a "Jurassic World" screening presented Tuesday night by entertainment outlet Collider, director Colin Trevorrow made a special announcement to fans: Laura Dern, who was also in attendance, would play a "major role, not a cameo" in the upcoming "Jurassic World 3." 

And Dern had more good news. 

"I'm so excited. ... I love dinosaurs and I love that you love them like we do. And if it's not too much," she said, turning to Trevorrow, "if I'm going to get to join this party again, I would hate to not bring my friends Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum. Is that OK with you?" 

Left to right: Martin Ferrero, Sir Richard Attenborough, Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill and Laura Dern in 'Jurassic Park.'

"Yeah, let's do it," Trevorrow said. "Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern are returning in major roles in 'Jurassic World 3.' "  

In the original "Jurassic Park," Neill played Dr. Alan Grant while Dern played Dr. Ellie Sattler, both of whom fans last saw making appearances in "Jurassic Park III." Goldblum reprised his character in last year's "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom." 

Universal Studios announced last year that the third "Jurassic World" film is officially underway with a release date set for June 11, 2021. 

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