The 1995 fantasy adventure movie Jumanji, based on the picture book by Chris Van Allsburg, is a nostalgic favourite of many '90s kids. Starring the late Robin Williams, the film centred on an enchanted board game. It’s 22 years later, and a sequel is set to take audiences back to an unpredictable world of fun and peril.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle focuses on four teenagers who find an old video game version of the original Jumanji board game and end up getting sucked into it. The nerdy Spencer (Alex Wolff) becomes the muscle-bound Dr. Smolder Bravestone (Dwayne Johnson); the jock Anthony “Fridge” Johnson (Ser’Darius Blain) becomes the diminutive Franklin “Moose” Finbar (Kevin Hart); the vain Bethany (Madison Iseman) because Professor Shelley Oberon (Jack Black); and Martha (Morgan Turner) becomes the sexy Ruby Roundhouse (Karen Gillan). The four teenagers are flung into the middle of a situation they have no idea how to deal with, and they must learn to harness the special abilities of each of their video game avatars. The film also stars Nick Jonas as Jefferson “Seaplane” McDonough, an adventurer whom our heroes meet in-game.
The film was originally thought to be a remake, the announcement of which drew an outcry from fans, especially since it was announced shortly after Williams’ death. Johnson clarified that Welcome to the Jungle is a sequel, not a remake. The first stills also came under fire for Gillan’s skimpy costume. The justification for it is that this spoofs the impractical outfits worn by classic female video game characters. Johnson starred in the 2003 action comedy The Rundown, which was also known as ‘Welcome to the Jungle’. Johnson re-teams with his Central Intelligence co-star Hart. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was filmed in Hawaii, is directed by Jake Kasdan (Bad Teacher, Sex Tape) and opens in December 2017.
Check out the trailer here!