Production for “Jumanji 2” is officially underway and now we have the first photo from the upcoming sequel showcasing the cast members in costume on set.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced earlier this month that his character is Dr. Smolder Bravestone. The new photo, which he uploaded on his Instagram last night (Tuesday, 20th September), introduces the other main characters in the movie.
He revealed that Kevin Hart, who’s looking more diminutive than usual, is playing Moose Finbar, while funny comedian Jack Black is playing Professor Shelly Oberon. Looking out of place in the jungle is Karen Gillan as Ruby Roundhouse (although previous reports initially suggested that her character’s name was Martha).
Not to worry though, Johnson promised that “Her jungle wardrobe will make sense when you know the plot. Trust me 😉” Fans are speculating that perhaps Gillan’s character is a trope. As Lorena O’Neil suggest, “the original “Jumanji” from 1995 featured purposefully stereotypical characters who were part of the game — so perhaps that’s the plot device Johnson is referencing”.
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. I often talk about mana (spirit) with you guys and the mana in this room/in this moment was extremely powerful – it can take your breath away and give you goosebumps like crazy. (I was low key ready to run thru a wall in this moment;). 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. So simple, but such a great reminder to keep that perspective of bringing joy and fun to families. Very cool. Thank you Kahu Cordell Keka for this powerful blessing, thank you Hawaii – proud to be back home and THANK YOU in advance to our hard working crew. #JUMANJI #OurHawaiianBlessing #Mana #LetsShoot
Last week, Johnson posted a behind-the-scenes video showcasing a Hawaiian priest performing a blessing ritual for the movie set before the “Jumanji 2” cast members got to work.
The actor himself has confirmed that this project is not a reboot but rather a semi-continuation of the original film. It will also pay tribute to the late Robin Williams’ character, Dr. Alan Parish.
Directed by Jake Kasdan, the “Jumanji” sequel is set to release on 28th July 2017.