Sam Neill: I had no choice about Jurassic Park IV

Sam Neill in the original Jurassic Park.
Sam Neill in the original Jurassic Park.

Actor Sam Neill said he was never given a chance to be a part of the fourth movie instalment of Jurassic Park, despite being offered a role more than a decade ago.

Jurassic World, which will be directed by Colin Trevorrow and is to star Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson, will be released in June, 2015.

The movie is in production in Hawaii and the storyline picks up 22 years after the events of Jurassic Park III which was released in 2001.

Neill starred as Dr Alan Grant in the first three Jurassic Park movies of which the original and sequel were directed by Steven Spielberg.

Jurassic Park III was directed by Joe Johnston.

In 2003, Neill was quoted as saying he was definitely returning for the fourth instalment and was really looking forward to it.

The movie struck a series of development problems and in the process Neill's deal to be a part of the Jurassic World fell through.

Neill said he was not the only star of the first three movies to be overlooked, for as much as a cameo, in the new production.

"None of us are in it, it's a total reboot,'' Neill said.

"There wasn't a choice to be made (about whether we wanted to be in it or not), it was all out of everyone's hands.''

Neill is currently in London making the second season of gangster series Peaky Blinders.

- AAP

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