Rhys Darby joins Jumanji cast

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 23 September 2016
Rhys Darby

Rhys Darby

Rhys Darby and Morgan Turner are the latest names to be added to the star studded 'Jumanji' remake line up

Rhys Darby has joined the cast of 'Jumanji'.

The 42-year-old actor will feature in the remake of the 1995 film of the same name, which starred the late Robin Williams, taking on the role of a character named Nigel.

Also announced to be joining the cast is 17-year-old Morgan Turner, who has scored an as yet unknown role in the production.

The former 'Yes Man' actor joins a cast that is already littered with stars such as 'School of Rock's Jack Black, 'Doctor Who' star Karen Gillan, and former Jonas Brother Nick Jonas. Dwayne Johnson is playing the part of Dr. Bravestone, and in addition to his starring role he is also producing the movie that is currently filming in Hawaii.

The news of the casting announcement comes after the semi-retired professional wrestler took to Instagram last week to share a video of the cast and crew getting blessed by a Hawaiian priest before filming took place.

The caption on the video read: "Before we embark our #JUMANJI journey here in Hawaii, we gathered our entire cast (here with me are Jack Black, Kevin Hart, our director Jake Kasdan and Karen Gillian) and crew together as our Hawaiian Kahu (priest) Cordell Keka blesses our film with powerful aloha spirit of laughter, enjoyment and love. (sic)"

The 'Baywatch' star also commented on how it takes an "amazing crew of everyone" to make a movie shoot run smoothly, something which Rhys and Morgan will now contribute to as they step onto the set.

Dwayne wrote: Our Kahu eloquently spoke and reminded us that even though our faces are the ones on screen, it takes an AMAZING CREW OF EVERYONE to make this movie work. And when we get tired from long work hours to always remember the joy, laughter and fun our movie will bring to families around the world. (sic)"

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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