ByAllanah Faherty, writer at Creators.co
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Allanah Faherty

The die has been cast and Dwayne Johnson is ready to play!

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson took to Instagram last night to update fans on the much anticipated Jumanji reboot, and it all sounds very exciting! Johnson reported that the meetings between himself, director Jake Kasdan (Bad Teacher 2) and producer Matt Tolmach (The Amazing Spider-Man) have begun, and the reboot will likely run true to its source material, the 1981 children's picture book of the same name.

And the magic begins. Excellent meeting with our director Jake Kasdan, producer Matt Tolmach, and our @SevenBucksProd team to work on our new re-imagining of this amazing story. I felt like in order to craft something cool we should begin where it all started. Award winning writer Chris Van Allsburg's source material of JUMANJI. Chris also wrote THE POLAR EXPRESS (later adapted by Robert Zemeckis and Tom Hanks) and has a very special & magical way of storytelling. I'm feelin' good and confident stepping into these shoes as a producer as well as actor to bring you something great that you and your entire fam can enjoy. An important thing that I want to be honest and bring up is Robin Williams. The love and respect I have for this man is boundless. You have my word, we will honor his name and the character of "Alan Parrish" will stand alone and be forever immortalized in the world of JUMANJI in an earnest and cool way. I have an idea of what to do and I think his family will be proud. I also think Robin is somewhere lookin' down and laughing, remembering the first time we met backstage and I (for the first time ever) was a star struck bumbling idiot that couldn't even get my words out. Idiot. He literally calmed me down w/ that smile and laugh. But that's for another fun story down the road. We got a great team assembled already over at our home base of SONY and now we build from here. Here's another fun part... in the original movie there were three big roles. In our new story there's now FIVE. Been so damn cool to see all my actor buddies push their projects aside so hopefully they can come play in our world. Should have cool casting announcements this week. Will keep you posted.

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But aside from conveying his excitement about the upcoming reboot, Johnson also took time to pay respect to the original Jumanji front man, the late Robin Williams. Johnson wrote:

An important thing that I want to be honest and bring up is Robin Williams. The love and respect I have for this man is boundless. You have my word, we will honor his name and the character of "Alan Parrish" will stand alone and be forever immortalized in the world of JUMANJI in an earnest and cool way. I have an idea of what to do and I think his family will be proud. I also think Robin is somewhere lookin' down and laughing, remembering the first time we met backstage and I (for the first time ever) was a star struck bumbling idiot that couldn't even get my words out. Idiot. He literally calmed me down w/ that smile and laugh. But that's for another fun story down the road.

Williams took on the role of Alan Parish back in 1995, starring alongside Kirsten Dunst (Judy), Bradley Pierce (Peter) and Bonnie Hunt (Sarah). Williams sadly passed away in August 2014, and is survived by his three children, Zelda, Zak and Cody, and his wife Susan.

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Johnson also revealed in his post that unlike the original, the reboot will have five big roles, and told fans to expect casting announcements within the week. Writing that it was "so damn cool to see all my actor buddies push their projects aside so hopefully they can come play in our world."

While the 1995 version of Jumanji used groundbreaking technology of the time to bring to life the fantastical adventures that the board game threw up, no doubt with recent advancements in visual effects, the rebooted version will capture the imaginations of an entirely new generation.

While the official release date of Jumanji is yet to be confirmed, it's tentatively scheduled for a July 2017 release.

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Source: E Online

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