There is no busier man in Hollywood nowadays than Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. The professional wrestler-turned actor was recently named 2016's highest paid actor, and he has barely gotten started. Before 2016 comes to a close, Johnson will star in Disney's animated film, Moana, and then will appear in 2017's Fast 8, Baywatch, and Jumanji. The actor is also linked to Shane Black's Doc Savage, and will make his superhero film debut in Shazam, where he will be playing Black Adam. Of course, Johnson also has another season of HBO's Ballers to film, and it was recently announced that he will be producing a scripted wrestling series based on his life for Fox.
Currently, Johnson is busy filming Jumanji, which is not a reboot, but rather a continuation of the original film - which starred the late comedy legend, Robin Williams. Joining Johnson in Jumanji, is his Central Intelligence costar, Kevin Hart, as well as Jack Black (Goosebumps) and Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy). For the last several weeks we have been treated to a variety of set photos, videos, and even a Halloween prank video. Now, we have another look at Johnson on set, and for those worried that the actor will not have any fun toys to play with, think again.
Johnson has just released on Instragram a video from the set of Jumanji, which features the actor trying out his very own custom-fit flamethrower. You can watch the clip below:
Our bad ass #Jumanji FX team custom built my flamethrower so it attaches to my arm for tonight's big action sequences. I steer my motorcycle with one hand and become the King of Fire with the other. Already singed the hair off my arm, so we're off to a great start Gonna be a fun night. #LetMeLightYouUp #AllNightLong
Fans of Johnson know that the actor is at his best when kicking butt. This is especially evident in the Fast & Furious franchise, as his character, Hobbs, is frequently getting to operate his fare share of devestating weapons. In the most recent film, Furious 7, Hobbs forcefully removed a drone's automatic gun, and proceeded to wreak havoc on anyone in his path. And it looks like Johnson's Dr. Smolder Bravestone will also get to play action hero in Jumanji. According to Johnson, the flamethrower was custom built so he can "steer [his] motorcycle with one hand and become the King of Fire with the other." The hot prop will be used in a scene he will be shooting next.
One can only imagine how cool a sight it will be to see Johnson wielding a flamethrower while at the same time navigating the roads (or likely, lack of them) with a motorcycle - maybe we will get treated to a set video from the shoot (fingers crossed). While plot details on Jumanji are relatively thin, from the looks of its cast, as well as videos like these, the film will likely feature a strong mix of action and humor. All indications point to the cast having a fun time on set, which hopefully translates to a highly enjoyable film.
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- Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) release date: Dec 20, 2017