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ROLE CALL: Human Cast in 'Jurassic Park 3'!

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Dec 31, 1899 | 7:00pm EST

Lest you think the "Jurassic Park" movies are an example of special effects being promoted at the expense of story or heart, an actual human being has been cast in the franchise's soon-to-shoot third installment. Sam Neill, who played cranky Dr. Alan Grant in the original flick back in 1993 (but sat out the 1997 sequel, "The Lost World"), will reprise the roll for "Jurassic Park 3," today's Hollywood trade papers say.

Production is expected to start by the end of next month, with a summmer 2001 release planned. Joe Johnston ("Jumanji") will direct in place of Steven Spielberg, who handled the first two.

Neill is expected to be joined in the cast by a bunch of computer-generated dinosaurs.

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