A new trailer teaser for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has been released, and already, the long gap blockbuster sequel is shaping up to be one of the wildcards of this year. Set decades after the events of Joe Johnston's 1995 Jumanji film - which starred the late great Robin Williams and Bonnie Hunt - the new film promises to be a kind of joyful action adventure film, hopefully, reminiscent of the Indiana Jones franchise. Instead of Johnston, though, director Jake Kasdan will be taking over at the helm, with a star-studded cast that includes Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, Nick Jonas, and more.
When Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was originally announced too, the film was met with a heavy wave of skepticism from fans of the original 1995 film, many of whom thought it being made was in bad taste following the passing of Robin Williams a few years back. However, the film managed to garner a fair amount of early buzz for itself, following the Jumanji footage shown at CinemaCon back in March of this year, something that those in attendance responded positively to.
No footage has been publicly released from the film yet, but that's all going to change this week. Following the announcement that a Jumanji trailer is arriving this week, the first bit of footage from Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has been revealed online, in anticipation of the full trailer's release tomorrow. Unveiled by the official Jumanji Twitter account, you can check out the teaser for yourself down below:
— Jumanji (@jumanjimovie) June 28, 2017
Obviously, this preview isn't much to go on story-wise or action-wise, but it's certainly got its fair share of money shots. And the trailer's "The Game Has Changed" tagline plays in well to the sequel's revamped version of the Jumanji plot, which swaps out the original storyline of a board game altering reality, with a group of young kids who are sucked into the world of a video game and forced to play as its adult avatars (themselves portrayed by The Rock, Hart, Gillan, and Black).
The look and cinematography on display in this brief preview is certainly comforting, and it looks like it's pulling off the Indiana Jones influences and aesthetic well. As a director, Kasdan has a bit of a hit-or-miss track record, and the same goes for a majority of the main Jumanji cast members. But at the same time, the film's lighthearted look and feel should play well into its end-of-year holiday release date, making it one of the more favorable alternatives to the usual superhero films that families can go see together.
Source: Sony/Columbia Pictures
- Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) release date: Dec 20, 2017