Dwayne Johnson returns to the jungle in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and this time he has his Central Intelligence co-star Kevin Hart with him. Jack Black and Karen Gillan are along for the ride in the plot-heavy trailer that answers almost every question you might have about the new movie. Jumanji 2 opens on December 20, 2017.
In the trailer, we learn that the Jumanji board game featured in the original film has turned into a video game. And instead of the game coming to our world, the main characters are transported into the game and become their avatars. Skinny nerd Spencer (Alex Wolff) becomes Dr. Smolder Bravestone (Johnson), while the self-obsessed Bethany (Madison Iseman) becomes Professor Shelly Oberon (Black). “Fridge” (Ser’Darius Blain) becomes Moose Finbarr (Kevin Hart) and Martha (Morgan Turner) becomes Ruby Roundhouse (Karen Gillan). Once they figure out that they’re inside a video game, they have to figure out how to survive by running from a group of guys with guns and avoiding dangerous animals. Don’t worry, Gillan’s character does get to comment on her outrageous and revealing outfit.
The film was directed by Jake Kasdan (Sex Tape, Bad Teacher), with a script by Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinker. It’s loosely based on the same Chris Van Allberg book that was adapted by Joe Johnston in 1995. That film starred the late Robin Williams as Alan Parrish, who was trapped inside the game.
In a June interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Black said there is a tribute to Williams in the new film.
“We’re exploring this jungle and trying to conquer the game; it’s life or death,” Black told THR. “But while we’re there, we find clues left behind by [Williams’ character Alan Parrish]. He built up a full-blown jungle house, similar to a Swiss Family Robinson situation. It’s like he’s there helping us without actually being there.”
Black also told the magazine that getting to explore the world inside the game is the “coolest part” of the new film.
Nick Jonas, who also has a part in the new film, told the Associated Press that they felt the film needed to “pay justice” to Williams. Black added that he’s sure Williams would have loved the film.
For The Rock, Jumanji is a chance to right the ship that is his career after Baywatch bombed. It’s his third movie of the year, as he also starred in The Fate of the Furious. Some of his upcoming projects include San Andreas 2 and Disney’s long-gestating Jungle Cruise. Next year, he’ll star in Skyscraper.
The Cast of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Dwayne Johnson as Dr. Smolder Bravestone
Kevin Hart as Moose Finbarr
Jack Black as Professor Shelly Oberon
Karen Gillan as Ruby Roundhouse
Nick Jonas as Alex
Alex Wolff as Spencer
Ser’Darius Blain as Anthony “Fridge” Johnson
Madison Iseman as Bethany
Morgan Turner as Martha
Maribeth Monroe as Bethany’s Teacher
Missi Pyle as Coach Webb
Purab Kohli as Sanju
Rhys Darby as Nigel
Tim Matheson as Old Man Vreeke
Marc Evan Jackson as Principal Bentley