Thanks to Jeff Sneider from Mashable, we have our first plot details of the reboot of the iconic Jumanji, starring Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, and Jack Black. Sneider tweeted that the film will follow four kids in detention who find and are sucked into the game. Other Twitter users added that the game will be in the form of an old video game console, and that each kid will have control of one of the main cast members in an avatar fashion.
Dwayne Johnson recently tweeted the younger cast counterparts, welcoming them to the production and dubbing them “Jumanji Juniors.” The younger cast includes Alex Wolff, Madison Iseman, Ser’Darius Blain, and Morgan Turner.
I actually really like this new direction of having avatars in the game world. I feel that it gives this reboot enough free rein to create an authentic story while still remaining true to the original. Given that these are teenage kids controlling this cast of celebrity adults, there’s no doubt that we’re going to get plenty of “Damn, The Rock is buff” jokes, as well as Karen Gillan is hot jokes.
This plot detail revealing that the movie takes place in a video game also explains Karen Gillan’s wardrobe. A lot of people took issue with Gillan’s costume being six sizes too small for her when the first set photo was released, but it’s actually a pretty classic, Tomb Raider-esque female video game character outfit. Whether you like it or not is another story, but given the nature of the game, it does make sense.
It’s hard to say at this point whether or not there will be another stampede that comes crashing into reality like the original. I guess they could do it, but the question there would be if the kids still have control over their assigned avatars? I think it’d be fun if the avatars had their own conciseness in the real world and had little awkward standoff moments with their corresponding kid counterpart about how they were controlled.
Let's hope there's at least one nod to the late Robin Williams and his stellar job in the first Jumanji film:
Check out Dwayne Johnson going full Bear Grills in this production video.
What do you hope to see in the rebooted Jumanji movie?