Jack Black to star in Jumanji reboot

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 12 May 2016
Jack Black

Jack Black

Jack Black is set to star alongside Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart in the reboot of 'Jumanji'

Jack Black has joined the 'Jumanji' reboot.

The 46-year-old funnyman will star alongside Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, who is also acting as co-producer, and Kevin Hart in the forthcoming revamped version of the 1995 original hit, although details on his role are not yet known.

Taking to his Instagram account on Wednesday (11.05.16), Johnson uploaded a photograph of the legendary actor alongside the caption: "IT'S OFFICIAL: An ol' friend is ready to play in the world of #JUMANJI... JACK (mf'n) BLACK.

"Been a big fan of his work over the years. A brilliant actor who I'm confident will turn in a performance of a lifetime for JUMANJI. (when we reveal his character you'll understand;). In our reimagining of the story of JUMANJI, Jack brings that rare balance of cool with funny and edge with childlike joy.

"The "Jumanji Breakfast Club" is coming together.. myself, Jack (mf'n) Black and Kevin Hart. (sic)"

Although roles are being kept tightly under wraps for the time being, Johnson has teased that he, Black and Hart will all play a lead role but he still has the mammoth task of finding two people to take on the other two starring parts.

He added: "Two big roles left. One bad ass girl. One semi-sorta bad ass dude. Who will they be... this is gonna be fun. (sic)"

Meanwhile, the 44-year-old hunk recently admitted, although he's planning to jazz up the flick, he's adamant the new movie will honour the late Robin Williams and his character Alan Parrish from the original following his death last year.

Williams - who tragically committed suicide in 2014 - starred in the 1995 movie as the 12-year-old boy, who gets trapped in a board game with his friend Sarah Whittle in 1969.

Twenty-six years later, Judy and Peter Shepherd find the game in their attic and begin to play, but unbeknownst to them, they accidentally release the now-adult Alan.

'Jumanji' is set to hit cinema screens next July.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

  • 3 stars
  • 2017
  • US
  • 1h 59min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Jake Kasdan
  • Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Bobby Cannavale
  • UK release: 7 December 2017

Four high school teens in detention discover the magical board game Jumanji, now a video game, and after being sucked into it they become the avatars they’ve chosen. Crude but amusing sequel to the 1995 original, with Black having a ball as he gets in touch with his inner prom queen.

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