Earlier this week, Dwayne Johnson revealed on social media that he just had a meeting with Jumanji director Jake Kasdan and producer Matt Tolmach to discuss the remake, confirming his role in the movie. Now we have word that another actor has joined the cast, with comedian Jack Black signing on as an unspecified character. The actor will join Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, and there are still two major roles left to be cast.
The Wrap broke the news on Jack Black's casting, but no details have been given in regards to whom he'll be playing. Dwayne Johnson chimed in on the casting himself through Instagram, teasing that fans will "understand" who his character is when it's revealed. Take a look at the actor's statement that he posted just an hour ago.
"Guess who's ready to enter into the world of #JUMANJI... JACK (mf'n) BLACK. World loves Jack Black and so do I. Been a big fan of his work over the years. A brilliant actor who I'm confident will turn in a performance of a lifetime for Jumanji. (when we reveal his character you'll understand;). In our reimagining of the story of Jumanji, Jack brings that rare balance of cool with funny and edge with childlike joy. The "Jumanji Breakfast Club" is coming together.. myself, Jack (mf'n) Black and Kevin Hart. Two big roles left. One bad ass girl. One semi-sorta bad ass dude. Who will they be... this is gonna be fun."
In Dwayne Johnson's earlier post from this week, he revealed that, while the original Jumanji only had three main roles, this remake will feature five primary characters. The actor also teased that his "buddies" have been shuffling around other projects to hopefully be a part of Jumanji, but as of now, only Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and now Jack Black have been confirmed. No story details have been announced, 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. Dwayne Johnson also revealed that this remake will pay tribute to the late Robin Williams, who starred in the original Jumanji as Alan Parrish.
Jake Kasdan (Sex Tape, Bad Teacher, Walk Hard) is directing Jumanji from a script by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, who rewrote an early draft by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. Matt Tolmach is producing alongside William Teitler, with Ted Field, Mike Weber and author Chris Van Allsburg executive producing. Jack Black most recently starred in Sony's Goosebumps, and returned to voice Po in this year's animated sequel Kung Fu Panda 3. Production is slated to begin this August on Jumanji, with the studio already setting a July 28, 2017 release date.