Jack Black leads star-studded cast for ‘Jumanji’ reboot

Actor Jack Black arrives at the People's Choice Awards 2016 in Los Angeles
Actor Jack Black arrives at the People's Choice Awards 2016 in Los Angeles, California January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

June 19, 2017

By Sarah Mills

BARCELONA (Reuters) – U.S. actor Jack Black has some big comedic shoes to fill in his forthcoming project, which sees him take the lead role in “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”, a star-studded reboot of the hit 1995 comedy that starred the late Robin Williams.

Black said that he only watched the original film after being cast in the follow-up. He described Williams as a “genius” who was “at the peak of his powers” in the movie.

The original “Jumanji” saw Williams play a man who escapes from captivity inside a magical jungle-themed board game. The new film sees that premise reversed, with the lead characters journeying into the game’s fantastical world.

“In this one we actually travel with the characters into the jungle and it’s gorgeous and treacherous and exciting”, Black told Reuters.

In another twist away from the original, which saw Williams’ character enter the game as a child an emerge as an adult, this film sees child characters transform into adults when they get pulled into the game.

Black and co-star Nick Jonas were promoting the film at Cine Europe 2017, an annual cinema convention held in Barcelona.

In addition to Black and Jonas the film features screen muscleman Dwanye “The Rock” Johnson, and comedian Kevin Hart.

“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is due out in Cinemas in December.

(Writing by Mark Hanrahan in London)

  • I guess there are no more creative writers in la la land…..they just keep making sequel and remaking like this one.

  • FreedomStorm

    The Hollywood Freak Show still breathes.
    It still supports that which intends to destroy America.
    Boycott it to bankruptcy.

  • claymore cluepile

    people aren’t real happy about re-boots……for the same amount of money they could make an original movie with a related but original theme

  • Just Another Victim

    Jack Blacks 2 best movies are “Mars Attacks” and “The Jackal”.
    He dies horrible deaths in both.

  • Nancy Anderson

    There isn’t anyone who could do this like Robin Williams. Unfortunately, there just aren’t very many good actors anymore, especially comic ones. Most of them think filth passes for humor. WRONG !!!! Robin could be a foul-mouth at times, but for the most part he could be funnier than most of these who are thought of as the best, without even trying and without profanity.

  • RJenIL

    Jack Black = Star Studded? Hollywood really stinks these days.

    • Chaitealover

      Add to the list the incredibly talented superstar Nick Jonas /s

  • ashcoal

    Hollywood does not have one original thought left do they? This too will bomb.

    • For Whom The Bell Tolls

      Agreed. No one alive today is capable enough to succeed Robin Williams. Not now, not ever.

      • Steve Chiappetti

        I disagree. Jack Black was incredible in both School of Rock, as well as the most important dramatic work of our time, Nacho Libre. I enjoy Black’s work more than Williams.

        • R A.

          I never heard of him. Looks like a typical o’Bama, Clinton libtardian.

          • Steve Chiappetti

            Most actors are, of course. So was Williams. Acting talent does not equal real-world brains. But seriously you’ve got to see Nacho Libre.

        • Matt

          incredible? a bit of a stretch
          but he is good+
          he’s a decent comedian

          there’s many out there that are ALOT worse(Amy Schumer)

          but he is not of the caliber as Robin Williams
          Hollywood seems to decide who they will hype as a great comedian/actor these days
          Old days the people and the actors talent made that decision

    • Chaitealover

      Many years ago I read an article about how the (young) producers/studios were not hiring older experienced writers, but replacing them with young, just out of collage kids (aka cheaper labor). All the “reboots” and foul-language unfunny sitcoms come from there.

      Where’s Buck Henry when you need him?