Earlier this month, Dwayne Johnson confirmed that his new next project will in fact be a Jumanji sequel that continues the story of the original 1995 classic. The actor leads an ensemble cast that includes his Central Intelligence co-star Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Nick Jonas. Today, the actor revealed that Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy) has also joined the cast. While there is very little we know about her character, Dwayne Johnson made it clear she has one of the most important roles in the film.
Dwayne Johnson broke the news himself earlier today on Instgram and his other social media accounts. The actor/producer wouldn't reveal her character's name, or how she fits into the story, but he did state that he and his co-stars went through a grueling search to find the right actress. Here's what he had to say on Instagram.
'Between myself, @kevinhart4real Jack Black and @NickJonas we've searched far and wide to find the one person to complete our Jumanji family. This isn't just any role, but in many ways the most important role of the movie. We had to find a girl. But not just any girl. A girl who has "Chutzpah". Guts, nerve and talent to stand her ground and hold her own against Nick's cool rockstar ways, Jack's relentless energy and genius, Kevin's masterful timing and skills and the big, brown, bald tattooed guy who just simply stands there and oooooozes smoldering, captivating, sizzling, can't take your eyes off this brilliant manly man.. never mind I got drunk on the ol' DJ kool aid again. Ladies and gentlemen, I'm proud to announce a girl who's playing the most important role in our movie - the talented, beautiful and down for a Scottish fight at any time, Ms @KarenGillanOfficial. And yes, this is the girl who is so bad ass she shaved her freaking head for Guardians of the Galaxy. We start production next month in Hawaii and as many of you already know, this isn't a remake or reboot, but a continuation of the awesome Jumanji story we love. Jake "The Snake" Kasdan directing, Matt "OG" Tolmach producing. Yup, I give everyone nicknames. The adventure and fun continues... #JUMANJI #KarenGillan #RESPECT #GingerTough"
Dwayne Johnson had previously teased that this story will pay tribute to the late great Robin Williams, who starred as Alan Parrish in the original Jumanji. We don't know for sure how this new Jumanji project will honor Robin Williams' beloved character, but, since this is a continuation and not a reboot, it's possible that original Jumanji stars such as Kirsten Dunst, Bradley Pierce, Bonnie Hunt, Bebe Neuwirth, David Alan Grier and Patricia Clarkson may return. The original Jumanji earned $100.4 million domestically and $262.7 million worldwide, from a $65 million production budget.
Jake Kasdan (Sex Tape) directs from a script by Scott Rosenberg (Con Air), based on Chris Van Allsburg's original 1985 book. Sony Pictures has handed out a July 28, 2017 release date for this sequel which was originally targeting a 2016 Christmas release. Karen Gillan most recently starred in The Big Short, and she will next be seen in the indie thriller In the Valley of Violence, The List and Guardians of the Galaxy 2.