Dwayne Johnson always keeps his fans in the loop on his various projects, and now the actor has shared the first set video from Jumanji, which is a sequel, and not a remake. This on-set sneak peek features the actor alongside co-stars Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan as a Hawaiian priest blesses the movie. It was also anounced that shooting has officially begun. Here's what The Rock had to say about this ritual on Instagram.
"Before we embark on our #Jumanji here in Hawaii, we gathered our entire cast (here with me are Jack Black, Kevin Hart, our director Jake Kasdan and Karen Gillan) and crew together as our Hawaiian Kahu (priest) Cordell Keka blesses our film with powerful aloha spirit of laughter, enjoyment and love. I often talk about mana (spirit) with you guys and the mana in this room/in this moment was extremely powerful - it can take your breath away and give you goosebumps like crazy. (I was low key ready to run thru a wall in this moment;). Our Kahu eloquently spoke and reminded us that even though our faces are the ones on screen, it takes an AMAZING CREW OF EVERYONE to make this movie work. And when we get tired from long work hours to always remember the joy, laughter and fun our movie will bring to families around the world. So simple, but such a great reminder to keep that perspective of bringing joy and fun to families. Very cool. Thank you Kahu Cordell Keka for this powerful blessing, thank you Hawaii - proud to be back home and THANK YOU in advance to our hard working crew. #JUMANJI #OurHawaiianBlessing #Mana #LetsShoot."
The Instagram video also gives us a brief glimpse at these actors' costumes, although nothing is known about their characters. We do know that Dwayne Johnson is playing a character named Dr. Bravestone, who the actor revealed in a piece of concept art he shared through social media. Dwayne Johnson has said in the past that this movie will be a "continuation" of the original story, which will pay homage to the late great Robin Williams' character Dr. Alan Parrish.
No story details have been confirmed, but earlier reports claimed the plot follows a 12-year-old boy trapped in a board game back in 1969 who is released 45 years later. The cast also includes Nick Jonas, but it seems unlikely that any of the original Jumanji stars such as Kirsten Dunst, Bradley Pierce, Bonnie Hunt, Bebe Neuwirth, David Alan Grier or Patricia Clarkson will return. The original Jumanji earned $100.4 million domestically and $262.7 million worldwide, from a $65 million production budget.
Jake Kasdan is directing Jumanji from a script that has been worked on by a number of writers, such as Zach Helm (Stranger Than Fiction), Chris McKenna (The LEGO Batman Movie), Jeff Pinkner (The Dark Tower), Scott Rosenberg (Gone In 60 Seconds) and Erik Sommers (Spider-Man: Homecoming). Jumanji has been given a July 28, 2017 release date, putting it up against an untitled Disney fairy tale project. Take a look at the first set video from Jumanji featuring The Rock and his co-stars on the Hawaii set.