Jumanji 3

‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ became Sony’s highest-grossing movie ever by the end of its theatrical run, despite opening against ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ and the fact that many were initially wary of this follow up to the 1995 classic, starring the late Robin Williams.  Will audiences “welcome” another follow-up with the same gusto?  We’ll find out this winter, when the untitled third ‘Jumanji’ opens, bringing back the cast of ‘Welcome to the Jungle’.

In order to get the sequel out by December, it is now filming and star Dwayne Johnson teased the sequel with a photo on Instagram, showing him with his costars Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black, back in costume in their roles as Dr. Smolder Bravestone (Johnson), Franklin “Mouse” Finbar (Hart), Ruby Roundhouse (Gillan), and Professor Sheldon “Shelly” Oberon (Black), a quartet of video game avatars from an 8-bit video game called ‘Jumanji’.

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In ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ four high school students get sentenced to detention and while cleaning out the school basement, discover an old 8-bit video game, which sucks them into the ‘Jumanji’ game, inhabiting the bodies of their avatars.  The teens were played by Natt Wolfe as Spencer Gilpin/Bravestone, Ser’Darius Blain as Anthony “Fridge” Johnson/”Mouse”; Morgan Turner as Martha Kaply/Ruby Roundhouse; and Madison Iseman as Bethany Walker/“Shelly”.  All four young actors are returning for the sequel.  Although the plot is unknown, hopefully there is a good reason for them to re-enter the game.

Also back is Nick Jonas who played another game character, Jefferson “Seaplane” McDonough, an avatar belonging to a boy named Alex Vreeke, who had been trapped in the game since the ’90s.  Rhys Darby will also return as Nigel Billingsley, the kids’ in-game guide.

New additions to the cast are Awkwafina, Danny DeVito, and Danny Glover.

‘Welcome to the Jungle’ director Jake Kasdan is also helming the follow-up.  (If it ain’t broke…)

‘Jumanji 3’ is set to open in theaters on December 13, 2019.