House of Cards and The Amazing Spider-Man actor Campbell Scott has joined the cast of Jurassic World: Dominion. However, what is even more interesting is that he is playing a character who’s already been in the franchise.
Campbell will play Lewis Dodgson, who fans may remember as the guy who hired Dennis Nedry to steal dinosaur embryos. Nedry succeeded in his task, but was killed by a Dilophosaurus before he could get the embryos off the island. The container rolled from his hands to be buried in mud, seemingly lost forever.
Until now, it seems. As well as Dodgson, the original trio are rejoining the franchise. Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldbum are all reprising their roles, which suggests Jurassic World: Dominion is aiming to tie up some loose ends.
In the original novel by Michael Crichton, Lewis Dodgson was a doctor who headed up a genetics company that was rival to InGen. Although not explicitly mentioned, we can presume this was also the case in Steven Spielberg’s original. In Jurassic Park, Dodgson was played by actor Cameron Thor. The reason for his replacement by Campbell is unfortunate – Thor has since been convicted as a sex offender.
Dodgson is set to be the CEO of the rival genetics company, Biosyn Genetics, in Jurassic World: Dominion. It would make sense if he played a background villainous role in the film, as well as having ties to Alan Grant, Ellie Sattler and Ian Malcolm.
It would also make sense if he was in leagues with BD Wong’s Dr Henry Wu. Wu was last seen saving dinosaur eggs and embryos from his laboratory at the end of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Wu has clearly taken a darker turn since his part in Jurassic Park and that might be because he now works for Biosyn.
Jurassic World: Dominion is set to be released on June 11, 2021. Directed by Colin Trevorrow, it will star Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, along with Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum. BD Wong, Omar Sy, Justice Smith and Daniella Pineda will be returning from other entries of the Jurassic World franchise.