Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is one of the busiest men in show business. Johnson is currently promoting the upcoming Moana and is getting ready to start work on his next project, Jumanji. Johnson stopped by Good Morning America and talked about how excited everyone is to go into production on Jumanji.
“It’s going great. We’ve been here for a week now. We’re prepping our big first day is this coming Monday, uh, we’re excited to, acontinuation, actually this Jumanji is a continuation of the Jumanji story that we all love.”
This take on Jumanji will be a continuation of the story that was told in Robin William’s version that was released back in 1995.
The Rock has been taking to social media to share the production experience with fans, recently sharing a video of the cast who received a blessing by a Hawaiian Kahu before production began. Much of the cast can be seen in the video.
Jake Kasdan is directing the film, which will also star Kevin Hart (Central Intelligence), Jack Black (Goosebumps), Nick Jonas (Scream Queens) and Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy).
Before we embark our #JUMANJI journey here in Hawaii, we gathered our entire cast (here with me are Jack Black, Kevin Hart, our director Jake Kasdan and Karen Gillian) and crew together as our Hawaiian Kahu (priest) Cordell Keka blesses our film with powerful aloha spirit of laughter, enjoyment and love. I often talk about mana (spirit) with you guys and the mana in this room/in this moment was extremely powerful – it can take your breath away and give you goosebumps like crazy. (I was low key ready to run thru a wall in this moment;). Our Kahu eloquently spoke and reminded us that even though our faces are the ones on screen, it takes an AMAZING CREW OF EVERYONE to make this movie work. And when we get tired from long work hours to always remember the joy, laughter and fun our movie will bring to families around the world. So simple, but such a great reminder to keep that perspective of bringing joy and fun to families. Very cool. Thank you Kahu Cordell Keka for this powerful blessing, thank you Hawaii – proud to be back home and THANK YOU in advance to our hard working crew. #JUMANJI #OurHawaiianBlessing #Mana #LetsShoot
Jumanji opens in theaters on July 28, 2017 but Johnson can also be heard in the upcoming Moana, which is scheduled to hit theaters on November 23, 2016.
Moana is being directed by Ron Clements and John Musker and features the voices of Auli‘i Cravalho as the titular character, Dwayne Johnson as Maui, Jemaine Clement as Tamatoa, Nicole Scherzinger as Sina, Temuera Morrison as Chief Tui, Rachel House as Gramma Tala and Alan Tudyk as Heihei.
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