Bryce Dallas Howard’s performance in Kenneth Branagh’s As You Like It (2006) earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination, and she subsequently appeared as Gwen Stacy in Sam Raimi’s superhero film Spider-Man 3 (2007). She went on to appear as Kate Connor in the action film Terminator Salvation (2009) and Victoria Sutherland in the fantasy film The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010), both of which were financially successful but garnered mixed reviews from critics. She earned acclaim for portraying a “fair-weather” girlfriend in the comedy-drama 50/50 (2011) and a racist socialite in the period-drama The Help (2011), winning a Screen Actors Guild Award for the latter. Howard gained wider recognition for starring as Claire Dearing in the adventure film Jurassic World (2015) and its sequels Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) and Jurassic World Dominion (2022), the first two of which rank as her most commercially successful films. She also portrayed a forest ranger in the adventure film Pete’s Dragon (2016) and Sheila Dwight, Elton John’s mother, in the biopic Rocketman (2019). Her directorial ventures include a segment of the television drama film Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (2013), the documentary Dads (2019), and episodes of the Disney+ science fiction series The Mandalorian (2019–2020). She is married to actor Seth Gabel, with whom she has two children.
In September 2016, plans for a Jurassic World trilogy were reaffirmed, and Trevorrow was asked how much planning he had put into a trilogy while he was filming Jurassic World in 2014: “I knew the end. I knew where I wanted it to go.” Trevorrow later said that planning the beginning, middle, and end of the trilogy ahead of time “is crucial to a franchise like this if you really want to bring people along with you and make sure they stay interested. It needs to be thought through on that level. It can’t be arbitrary the earlier Jurassic Park movies had pretty clear definitive endings. They were much more episodic.”