Nineties kids are thrilled that the third ‘Jurassic World’ movie will bring back the original stars of 1993’s ‘Jurassic Park’– Laura Dern (Dr. Ellie Sattler), Sam Neill (Dr. Alan Grant), and Jeff Goldblum (Dr. Ian Malcolm). They will share the screen with the current franchise’s faces, Chris Pratt (Owen Grady) and Bryce Dallas Howard (Claire Dearing). But is there room for more? Dern, Neill, and Goldblum’s former co-stars Ariana Richards and Joseph Mazzello hope so.
If you have forgotten, Richards and Mazzello (who now goes by “Joe”) appeared in the first film as Lex and Tim, the grandchildren of John Hammond (the late, great Richard Attenborough), and both played a major role in ‘Jurassic Park’. But after a brief cameo in ‘The Lost World’, their time in the franchise was done. It’s reported that the former ‘Jurassic’ kids are open to returning for the next ‘Jurassic World’, alongside their older co-stars.
While Lex and Tim appeared briefly in ‘The Lost World’, Malcolm’s 13-year-old daughter Kelly (Vanessa Chester) basically served as their replacement in the kid-in-peril department. Dearing’s nephews, Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray Mitchell (Ty Simpkins) did the same in ‘Jurassic World’. Then in ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’, Isabella Sermon had the role of Maisie Lockwood, the nine-year-old “granddaughter” of Sir Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell), John Hammond’s former partner.
Prior to ‘Jurassic Park’, Richards filmed a part in another movie with giant monsters, ‘Tremors’. She reprised her role as Mindy Sterngood in 2001’s direct-to-video sequel ‘Tremors 3: Back to Perfection’. Her last acting role (on film anyway) appears to have been in the low-budget Syfy TV movie ‘Battledogs’ (produced by The Asylum, the masterminds behind the ‘Sharknado’ franchise) in 2013. She had not acted on film between ‘Tremors 3’ and ‘Battledogs’, so it’s safe to say she’s basically retired from that life.
Mazzello has continued to act and was most recently seen as Queen bass guitarist John Deacon in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. He appeared as the agent Mouse in ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ and Dustin Moskovitz in ‘The Social Network’, and has appeared on television on ‘Justified’, ‘Person of Interest’, ‘Elementary’, and much more.
While Richards and Mazzello are keen to return, Entertainment Weekly reports that they have not been asked. Then again, the film hasn’t begun filming yet. There could still be time to squeeze in a cameo. While Lex and Tim aren’t as popular as Alan Grant, Ellie Sattler, and Ian Malcolm, it’s hard to imagine anyone being opposed to them playing some role in what might be the last picture in this franchise. (Until they reboot it again in a few years.)
Would you like to see Lex and Tim back in ‘Jurassic World 3’ in some capacity?