‘Doctor Who’ Star Karen Gillan Joins Dwayne Johnson in ‘Jumanji’ Sequel
Karen Gillan has landed the female lead in Sony’s “Jumanji” sequel opposite Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, and Jack Black. Jake Kasdan is on board to direct the adaptation of the 1981 children’s book.
Nick Jonas is also on board to star. The film hits theaters on July 28, 2017.
Plot details are being kept under wraps, though Johnson recently revealed that the film would be a continuation of the 1995 pic starring Robin Williams and not a reboot.
Matt Tolmach and William Teitler are producing, while Ted Field, Mike Weber, Johnson, Dany Garcia and Van Allsburg are executive producing. Principal photography is expected to start this fall in Honolulu. The sequel’s script was written by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, based on a draft by the original writers, Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers.
The 1995 “Jumanji” movie starred Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, David Alan Grier, Bonnie Hunt, Jonathan Hyde, and Bebe Neuwirth. The story centered on a 12-year-old boy who becomes trapped in a board game in 1969 only to be released 26 years later.
Gillan will reprise her role as Nebula in “Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2” and costar opposite Ethan Hawke in “In A Valley Of Violence.” She is repped by UTA, Troika in the UK and attorney Darren Trattner.