While we wait for the first trailer for this year’s big “Jumanji” sequel to drop, the first footage from the anticipated follow-up screened during Sony’s CinemaCon panel. As reported by the Hollywood Reporter, Dwayne Johnson — along with costars Nick Jonas, Karen Gillan and Jack Black — introduced the “Jumanji” footage and also revealed the film’s new name. The movie is now named “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.”
THR described the footage that was screened for the audience, which began with four high schoolers in detention. The teens are then tasked with cleaning out the school’s basement, which is where they find an old video game console — and a video game called “Jumanji.” They boot up the game and each of them pick a character to play as. They then become that character as the game transports them into a jungle.
The nerdy boy is excited that he’s now Dwayne Johnson’s character, while the popular girl is mortified to see she’s become Jack Black’s character. While it wasn’t revealed who’s playing as Karen Gillan or Kevin Hart’s avatars, Johnson did tell the audience that there was an in-story reason for Gillan’s revealing costume.
Directed by Jake Kasdan (“Bad Teacher”), the film is a “continuation” of the 1995 comedy classic starring Robin Williams, which itself is an adaptation of the 1981 children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. The original centered on a young boy named Alan Parrish, who becomes trapped in a board game while playing with his best friend Sarah Whittle. Nearly three decades later, two siblings discover the game and unwittingly release the now-adult Alan (Williams). After finding Sarah, they work together to finish the game in hopes of undoing all of the destruction it unleashed.
Opening Christmas 2017, the new “Jumanji” reportedly revolves around four teens who play the game, and control the avatars of stars Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan. Nick Jonas also stars.