Ready Player Five. Nick Jonas is returning for the sequel to ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’. In the first movie, he played the video game character Jefferson “Seaplane” McDonough, who was “played” by a teenager named Alex Vreeke, who had been trapped in the game since 1996. Mason Guccione played teenage Alex, while Colin Hanks portrayed him as an adult, once he was set free from the game. In a reference to the original ‘Jumanji’ film from 1995, Seaplane had been living in the shelter that had served as home to Robin Williams’ Alan Parrish.
Director Jake Kasdan is back for the sequel, with a script written by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, who both contributed to the first film. With Jonas’ inclusion, pretty much the entire cast of the first is back for the sequel: Natt Wolfe/Dwayne Johnson as Spencer Gilpin/Dr. Smolder Bravestone; Ser’Darius Blain/Kevin Hart as Anthony “Fridge” Johnson/Franklin “Mouse” Finbar; Morgan Turner/Karen Gillan as Martha Kaply/Ruby Roundhouse; and Madison Iseman/Jack Black as Bethany Walker/Professor Sheldon “Shelly” Oberon. They will be joined by newcomers Awkwafina, Danny DeVito, and Danny Glover.
The exact plot of the sequel is being kept under wraps. ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ opened in December of 2017 and became Sony’s highest-grossing movie ever. In that film, four teenagers are given detention and while cleaning their high school’s basement, they find an old video game console and find themselves sucked into the ‘Jumanji’ game as their avatars. They must play the game all the way through in order to escape.
Jonas is best known as a singer, but he has steadily developed an acting career, having starred in a regular role on the Audience Network’s ‘Kingdom’ for three seasons, and guest-starred on the first season of Ryan Murphy’s ‘Scream Queens’ on FOX. He will be seen this fall in Roland Emmerich’s big-budget World War II epic ‘Midway’, and next year, in Doug Liman’s sci-fi feature ‘Chaos Walking’. His voice will also be heard in the ‘UglyDolls’ animated movie.
The sequel to ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ will arrive later this year, on December 13.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter