Fans of the 1995 fantasy adventure film Jumanji are both excited and critical of the upcoming continuation of the original film. And for good reason– it will be difficult to match the performance the late Robin Williams gave as the star of the original film.
It looks like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Nick Jonas are taking their roles in the modern continuation pretty seriously, and the two make quite an unlikely complimentary pair. In a newly-released photo released, we can see the two actors on set in Hawaii (where a majority of the 2017 movie will be filmed). Production on Jumanji began earlier this month.
The photo below was posted to Dwayne Johnson’s official Instagram account, like the other Jumanji set photos and videos that have come before it. Johnson welcomed Nick Jonas to the cast in the post, saying, “Great dude, great positive energy and very talented. He’s gonna kill this role like I kill things with my bare hands.” In the photo, the pair can be seen in costume in the jungle from Jumanji.
Nick Jonas is known for his place in the now-defunct American pop rock band The Jonas Brothers, as well as his roles in TV shows like Hannah Montana and Scream Queens. Dwayne Johnson, of course, is known for his wrestling career in the WWE by his ring name “The Rock” and for currently being one of the biggest movie stars on the planet. Both actors have also done several voice acting roles, but have not worked together before.
Jumanji director Jake Kasdan and his writers are trying to reimagine the film for a modern-day audience, which should be pretty interesting. Some of the original movie’s cast are not taking the new film well (Bradley Pierce, who portrayed little Peter in the original film, has said that he feels Robin Williams would have been against a reboot), though for now the new Jumanji is being propped up as more of a continuation than reboot – something that may or may not sway opinions, as more details are revealed.
It may be difficult to have a new Jumanji without Williams, but the new film does boast an all-star cast of actors – and for his part, Johnson promises the movie will honor Williams’ legacy.
Jumanji hits U.S. theaters on July 28th, 2017.
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