Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was a surprise success with critics and fans, grossing $962 million at the box office. Although the film's characters apparently destroyed the eponymous game, which manifested as a video game in the sequel, it would appear the story is far from over.
When the Jumanji sequel returns to the jungle, there will be presumably be new faces alongside the original cast. Today, Sony Pictures revealed that one of those actors will be no other than Danny DeVito.
“The magic of Jumanji is who becomes who," said Dwayne Johnson in an interview with Variety. "And the idea of Danny DeVito joining our cast was too irresistible and something we knew we want to deliver to our audience this Christmas. Dwanta Claus loves everyone."
The plot of the upcoming sequel, as well as details about DeVito’s character, have yet to be announced.
DeVito will join Johnson and other returning cast members Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan. Jake Kasdan will return to direct a script written by Kasdan, Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, who helped write the first film. The film will be produced by Matt Tolmach along with Johnson’s Seven Bucks and Kasdan. It is scheduled for release on Dec. 13.