The teen actors from Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle will be returning for the upcoming sequel, Jumanji 3. The still unnamed follow-up to 2017’s Dwayne Johnson- led adventure film will mark the third film in the series and will come almost 25 years since the release of the original Jumanji back in 1995.
The first Jumanji film was based on the Chris Van Allsburg novel of the same name and starred Robin Williams. It told the story of a magical board game that would release real-life terrors upon its players. While the original film was a hit, the arrival of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle back in 2017 revived the concept and brought with it a host of star power in the form of Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan and was complete with a reimagined story that focused on a group of teenagers who find themselves swept up into the game.
As it happens, those same teenage characters from Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle will be back for Jumanji 3. Ser’Darius Blain, Alex Wolff, Madison Iseman and Morgan Turner will all make their return as the teens who found themselves accidentally sucked into the world of Jumanji in the previous film. News of the confirmed return of the four stars comes to us courtesy of THR and means that almost all of the key creative players in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle will now be returning for the sequel.
Aside from the return of Jumanji’s protagonists, the anticipated third film will also feature new recruits in the form of Danny Glover, Danny Devito and rapper Awkwafina. Arguably one of the most enjoyable aspects of Welcome to the Jungle was its unique tweaking of the original film and creating four new teen characters who find themselves lost in the jungles and strange towns of Jumanji while inhabiting the bodies of Johnson, Hart, Black and Gillan. The concept gave a renewed sort of light-heartedness to the series, without sacrificing any of the severity of the issues the characters faced. Jumanji 3 plans to do much of the same, and according to director Jake Kasdan, the film will continue on with what both the original Williams film and Welcome to the Jungle have created, keeping all the films in line with the same world.
The return of the four teens is certainly exciting news for Jumanji fans as well as being an encouraging mark of the third film’s quality control. There have all too often been cases where a popular series fails to keep its principle cast together (most recently, Goosebumps 2 crops to mind) and pays the price as a result. Given the momentum that Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has had and the creative power that the series has both behind and in front of the camera, fans have reason to be excited for Jumanji 3 when it arrives later this year.
- Jumanji 3 (2019) release date: Dec 13, 2019