Back in January, it was announced that ‘Sex Tape’ director Jake Kasdan would be helming a remake of ‘Jumanji’, the board game adventure starring Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt, David Alan Greer, and a young Kirsten Dunst. A few months later, we learned that it would see The Rock reunite with Kevin Hart for the project, which will actually be a continuation of the 1995 film. Shortly after that, Jack Black and Nick Jonas joined the cast as well, showing that the studio is trying to go all out for this one. But now the boys club is finally letting some girls in to play too.
According to Deadline, Karen Gillan is the latest to land a major role in Sony’s upcoming ‘Jumanji’ sequel. The Scottish actress known for her stint on ‘Doctor Who’, the criminally short-lived ‘Selfie’, and the surprise hit ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ will play Martha, a role that is said to have been highly sought after by “some serious A-list talent”. But in the end, Gillan apparently “meshed best with the cast and won out”.
Unfortunately, there are no other details regarding the role at this time. However, could you imagine how awesome it would be if the actress played a Van Pelt-esque antagonist? Maybe she was another player that got trapped in the game after Alan Parrish and the gang got rid of it and she became the hunter’s associate to survive, but in turn she became as ruthless and cruel as he was, eventually taking his place as part of the game. I could see that character being similar to Gillan’s Nebula from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, who we’ll be seeing soon enough in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’, except in a jungle rather than in space.
Regardless of who she’ll be playing, it’s great to see Gillan joining this all-star cast of talent. We’ll likely hear more about her character next month when principal production commences in Hawaii. But until then, share your thoughts on this casting in the comments below.
‘Jumanji’ starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Nick Jonas, and Karen Gillan hits theaters on July 28, 2016.