Karen Gillan Joins Jumanji Sequel

The crew behind the proposed sequel to Jumanji have rolled the dice and come up with Karen Gillan to play, in the words of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson (Fast 7), ‘the most important role in our movie’.

For those not in the loop, the remake/sequel – Johnson calls it a ‘continuation’ which gets around the difficult issue of recasting the late, great Robin Williams – will see The Rock team up with Kevin Hart (Get Hard), Jack Black (School of Rock) and Nick Jonas (Night at the Museum 2) for a round of the deadliest board game you’re likely to play.

According to Deadline, Gillan will be playing a character called Martha – Batman’s favourite name – and, while the article doesn’t make the specific link, there was a character called Martha in the 1995 original – she was the mother of Peter and Judy, played by Kirsten Dunst and Bradley Pierce, the two kids who inadvertently freed Robin Williams Alan from the formidable jungle, when they continued the game he started several years ago.

Gillan – who’s favourite movie just so happens to be Jumanji –  is perhaps a little too young to be that character in 2016, so could her appearance be a flashblack? Could the new Jumanji be a prequel after all?

Announcing the casting via Instagram, Johnson wrote:

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

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The new Jumanji is being directed by Jake Kasdan (Orange County) and will be released, July 28, 2017.

  • TimeChaser

    Oh Hollywood… Yet another sequel that was not begging to be made. What is their obsession lately with making sequels to movies that were done 20 or more years ago? Despite the addition of Karen Gillan, I don’t think that is enough to ever make me want to watch this.

    • Dr. Moo

      What is their obsession lately with making sequels to movies that were done 20 or more years ago?

      Maybe it’s because the people who were kids then now have kids of their own.

      • TimeChaser

        Still no reason to make poor sequels to already good movies (or even bad movies). The kids of the people who saw them when they were kids wren’t even born, why would they need a sequel? It’s also the same for remakes. There’s no reason to do a poor remake of a movie that’s already good enough or especially a classic. Show your kids or grand-kids the original. Give them an appreciation of the breadth of film history.

        • Dr. Moo

          Show your kids or grand-kids the original. Give them an appreciation of the breadth of film history.

          This.

          • TimeChaser

            I am absolutely a film snob. 😉 I have a good collection going to prove it.

      • Christian Cawley

        If only we had some sort of recordable media that these things could be recorded and played back on… 😉

        • Dr. Moo

          You mean pass on the opportunity to cash in on people’s treasured memories for purposes of exploiting them for money? Unthinkable! 😀

  • Dr. Moo

    I remember when Hollywood could make new and original movies. Looking over the past couple years I struggle to find a hyped-up film that wasn’t a sequel, reboot or whatever.

    • TimeChaser

      There’s also a lot of adaptations, like from books, but I think Hollywood often has more success in this area. I recently saw The Martian and enjoyed it a lot. I think a lot of stuff that’s entirely original is now mostly going on in independent cinema. It’s not often you see something good make it unscathed through through the studio system without interference.

  • Edward Delingford

    Has anyone heard about the western Karen did with Ethan Hawke? Not sure if it has been released here. The premise sounded good and it was a black farce so Karen gets to exercise both her excellent American accent and her comedy chops. The Jumanji movie remake isn’t my thing but it does show Karen is now getting the female lead roles, rather than second banana or eyecatching cameo. This could lead to something meatier or a new television show, hopefully on HBO or Amazon or Netflix. Star defintely on the up and up. If Jenna chooses to go to the US too, she’ll have the advantage of riding on the coattails of Victoria which is bound to open doors more quickly for her than Karen. I suspect the Downton Abbey crowd over there will lap it up. I am enjoying it more than I thought. Jenna is outstanding and building a very believable performance of giddy girl to headstrong young queen. Rufus Sewell is tremendous – surely he must be on BBC’s wishlist. If they can get David Suchet, surely they can get him too.

    • ThePurpleFrockCoat

      The Western with Ethan Hawke In a Valley of Violence will be released on October 21 this year.

      • Edward Delingford

        Thanks. Really looking forward to it. Got good reviews including for Karen. I like that she is doing so many different things. Doctor Who proved she was incredibly versatile. An actress who you could see blooming in front of your eyes thanks to Who. It’s an excellent training ground for a young actor as there is so much variety and with such strong lead actors like Matt and now Peter and top of their game guest stars like Alex Kingston and Toby Jones, for example, there is also so much to learn from simply watching them.

        • ThePurpleFrockCoat

          Biggest litmus test is the audience. We’ll see how it goes. I’m a bit on the fence about this continuation on Jumanji. The Robin Wliiams is one a hard act to follow and many fans objected to Sony’s decision to touch this one. Still good for Karen landing a part.