Kevin Hart is a true crowd-pleaser, but his image took a hit when the Academy Awards dumped him as host for this year’s telecast, over some old tweets that were viewed as homophobic. But things are looking up, as he was just named CinemaCon International Star of the Year Award at the closing ceremonies of the annual industry gathering. He’s also in the process of filming the followup to 2017-18’s monster hit ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’, a film that went from a sleeper hit to Sony’s highest-grossing picture ever.
Though he obviously can’t give away too much about the sequel, which will hit theaters this winter, he did offer some teases as to what viewers can expect:
“Back in the world of Jumanji, but the beautiful thing about the way we set it is through the video game atmosphere. In this particular case we go back into the game and we’re in a new level. And the way we got back into the game is the way we didn’t want to get back into the game. The same people are there. Our same band is back together with this adventure on a much more risky adventure. The stakes have been elevated and raised. For a fan base, you want to give them the same family action adventure they fell in love with. So we just wanted to make sure we delivered. Jake Kasdan, our director and writer, he does just that.”
The as-yet-untitled sequel reunites Hart with costars Jack Black, Karen Gillan, and Dwayne Johnson, not to mention Ser’Darius Blain, Rhys Darby, Madison Iseman, Nick Jonas, Morgan Turner, and Alex Wolff. New cast members include Awkwafina, Danny DeVito, and Danny Glover. Jake Kasdan who directed ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ is also back to helm the followup.
The new ‘Jumanji’ movie opens on December 13, 2019.