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