After a nearly unprecedented 18 month production period, the team behind upcoming dinosaur action film Jurassic World: Dominion has announced that filming has been completed. Previously, production was paused twice, once to comply with lockdown restrictions at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and once when multiple crew members tested positive for coronavirus.

Director Colin Trevorrow took to Twitter to congratulate the cast and crew, taking time to thank them for their hard work and patience during these difficult times.

Actor Sam Neill, who will reprise his role of Dr. Alan Grant, which he originated in the 1993 film Jurassic Park, also congratulated the film’s team via Twitter, describing the process as “nigh-impossible”.

Dominion will serve as a sequel to the 2018 film Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which ended with the titular park’s dinosaurs set free to roam around the world. Presumably, Dominion will deal with humanity’s attempts to coexist with dinosaurs following the events of Fallen Kingdom. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, who played the lead characters Owen Grady and Claire Dearing in the first two Jurassic World films, will both return. They will be joined by not only Neill but also Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum, returning as their Jurassic Park characters Dr. Ellie Sattler and Dr. Ian Malcolm. Also appearing are Daniella Pinada as Zia Rodriguez, BD Wong as Dr. Henry Wu, and Campbell Scott replacing Jurassic Park’s Cameron Thor as Dr. Lewis Dodgson.

Although filming has concluded, there is still a long road ahead for Jurassic World: Dominion. Distributor Universal Pictures has announced that the film will debut in theaters on June 10, 2022. This delayed release date is theorized to be a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, as movie theaters around the world remain closed to avoid spreading the virus.

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