Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sequel handed Christmas 2019 release

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 April 2018
Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson

Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group chairman Tom Rothman has confirmed that the sequel of 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' has been handed a release date of Christmas 2019

The sequel of 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' has been handed a release date of Christmas 2019.

The original movie - which starred Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Kevin Hart and Nick Jonas - proved to be a box office smash, and Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group chairman Tom Rothman has confirmed that fans won't have to wait too long before the sequel arrives in cinemas.

He joked: "I'd bet on seeing Dwayne Johnson in theatres again in December 2019. Don't rush to give all those screens to 'Star Wars'. Come on, fair's fair."

'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' performed impressively at the box office, despite facing stiff competition from 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'.

Dwayne previously insisted he doesn't have any fears of the money-spinning sci-fi franchise, having received support from Hollywood icon Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker in the 'Star Wars' movies.

He said: "I had this awesome Twitter exchange where I told Mark Hamill, 'Best of luck, just leave our little 'Jumanji' a little room.'

"He responded that 'The Force' is strong with 'Jumanji'. You'll be fine."

In the movie, Dwayne's character transforms from being a 16-year-old gamer into a muscular hunk, with a "smoulder look".

But the wrestler-turned-actor previously admitted that his character's special feature took some convincing with the director, Jake Kasdan.

Dwayne - whose on-screen character is inspired by a video game - explained: "You should've heard the conversation. I was like, 'My character's trait is, he smoulders!' Silence. 'What do you mean by smoulders?'"

Jumanji: The Next Level

  • 3 stars
  • 2019
  • US
  • 1h 54min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Jake Kasdan
  • Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Awkwafina, Danny DeVito, Danny Glover
  • UK release: 7 December 2019

In the sequel to the 2017 reboot, old-timers Eddie (DeVito) and Milo (Glover) join the teens in an another video game adventure. Johnson and Awkwafina steal their scenes, although Gillan has to do too much exposition before she can get going, and while it’s a bit too similar to its predecessor it’s amiable festive fun.

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