This holiday season, audiences will return to the world of Jumanji like never before in a continuation of the original 1995 family film. While the sequel will focus on a new cast of characters who find themselves transported to the game’s jungle setting, star Jack Black recently revealed that the sequel will feature a tribute to the late Robin Williams and his character from the original film during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
Black explained that the sequel will pay tribute to Williams by having his character, Alan Parrish, indirectly assist the new characters with clues he behind from his time in the jungle during the first film:
“We’re exploring this jungle and trying to conquer the game; it’s life or death, 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 explained that the sequel will take place primarily in the jungle setting, as opposed to the original film, which transported the animals and other terrors from the game to the real world:
“[In the original] you never got to see the inside world, but this one takes place primarily inside the jungle of Jumanji. That’s the coolest part of the film — we’re able to transport the audience to that secret and wondrous land, with the danger and the beauty.”
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In the brand new adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the tables are turned as four teenagers are sucked into the world of Jumanji.
When four high-school kids discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of – Jumanji – they are immediately drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the avatars they chose: gamer Spencer becomes a brawny adventurer (Dwayne Johnson); football jock Fridge loses (in his words) “the top two feet of his body” and becomes an Einstein (Kevin Hart); popular girl Bethany becomes a middle-aged male professor (Jack Black); and wallflower Martha becomes a badass warrior (Karen Gillan). What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves – or they’ll be stuck in the game forever…
Directed by Jake Kasdan, the film stars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, Rhys Darby, Morgan Turner, Tom Matheson, Bobby Cannavale and Nick Jonas.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle will be released in theaters on December 22, 2017.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter