‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ was an underdog when it opened in 2017 just after the release of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’, but it went on to dominate the end of the holiday season and kept going strong into the New Year. It racked up $962 million worldwide, and in the U.S. remains Sony’s highest-grossing movie, having performed better here than ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’, which is Sony’s highest-grossing movie worldwide.
This time around, the sequel ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ is getting a jump on ‘Star Wars’ and opening on December 13th, just before ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ arrives on Dec. 20. Will that be enough time for ‘The Next Level’ to level up at the box office before ‘Skywalker’ stomps in like an AT-AT?
One of the most comical elements of ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ was watching the main cast– Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, and Dwayne Johnson— portraying the teenagers that were “playing” as their characters in the video game, ‘Jumanji’. That gets an even funnier twist in the sequel, as Johnson’s Smolder Bravestone and Hart’s “Mouse” Finbar are occupied by two old men, Danny DeVito as Spencer’s grandfather Eddie, and Danny Glover as his friend Milo.
The previous trailers didn’t explain what happened to Spencer and Bethany, but that is revealed in the newest and final trailer for ‘The Next Level’. Check it out below:
In addition to the new trailer, Sony has released another poster, which includes the core cast, along with the horse, which as we saw in the new trailer, was briefly the avatar for Bethany:
Also returning are Nick Jonas as game avatar Jefferson “Seaplane” McDonough, Rhys Darby as Nigel Billingsley, the NPC game guide, Colin Hanks as Alex Vreek, Ser’Darius Blain as Anthony “Fridge” Johnson, Madison Iseman as Bethany Walker, Morgan Turner as Martha Kaply, and Alex Wolff as Spencer Gilpin. Awkwafina joins as another video game avatar, but her role in the movie is unknown. Jake Kasdan, who directed the first movie, is back for the sequel.
Get ready to level up when ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ opens on December 13, 2019.