Fresh from filming the latest installment in the Fast and Furious franchise, Dwayne Johnson has been busy recruiting the final cast member of the highly anticipated Jumanji sequel – and its none other than Guardians of the Galaxy star Karen Gillan.
The British starlet joins fellow cast members Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Nick Jonas for the sequel to Robin Williams 1995 family classic that promises to be a continuation of the original but with a brand new storyline.
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 faced some degree of backlash recently when fans of the original movie took to social media to express their distain when it was thought the 2017 release would be yet another remake in the neverending Hollywood conveyor belt – however the actor quickly took to Instagram to confirm that his version was in fact a sequel and that the version starring the late Robin Williams would remain untouched.
News surrounding the plot is yet to be released but with the cast now complete, and the film slated to release next year, its only a matter of time before Johnson gives us more information on the Jumanji production.
Dwayne Johnson, who also serves as producer on Jumanji, was recently named the highest paid actor in the world with career earnings of over $60 million – not a surpise considering he’s the hardest working man in Hollywood.