Prepare for your first taste of action from Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle very soon, as a full trailer is expected within the next couple of weeks. Technically a sequel to the classic 1995 movie starring the great Robin Williams, Welcome To The Jungle stars former WWE wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart and Jack Black - who will be playing the digital avatars of four kids sucked into a video game version of the Jumanji board game.
Footage from the movie has been shown at several film festivals in recent months (including CinemaCon back in March) - and as has become the norm for his movies, Johnson has posted several images from the Jumanji production on his social media accounts. As such, moviegoers have some idea what to expect when Welcome To The Jungle is finally released later this year, even though an actual trailer has yet to be made available to the general public.
However, it seems that may be about to change very soon. According to Twitter user @ReelFada (via Trailer Track), a full trailer for Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle has been rated by Consumer Protection BC in the past 24 hours. The clip is 2 minutes and 30 seconds long and, unsurprisingly, has been rated appropriate for all audiences. Bad news for those expecting a gritty and mature interpretation of the Jumanji story.
The timing of the trailer shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. With this year's big summer blockbusters on the horizon, it makes sense that Columbia would want to have their trailer ready to be shown alongside the likes of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Despicable Me 3 and... The Emoji Movie. With months left until its release, the Jumanji sequel has plenty of time to build a sense of eager anticipation.
And arguably, the movie could seriously use some good public relations right now. The production first ruffled feathers thanks to the first image of Karen Gillan's character, who many felt had been overly-sexualized for someone exploring a jungle. The decision to replace the traditional Jumanji board game with a video game has also attracted some criticism, with fans of the original movie seeing this as an unnecessary alteration.
With that said, there are still plenty of factors to suggest Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle will be a huge success. For starters, the cast is not only hugely talented but very current, with Gillan fresh off her Guardians of the Galaxy success and Johnson one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood right now. Furthermore, the movie is able to draw upon two distinct audiences: young fans unfamiliar with the original movie and older cinema-goers looking for a nostalgia fix.
Source: ReelFada [via Trailer Track]
- Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) release date: Dec 20, 2017