Karen Gillan defends ‘wearing child sized clothes’ following ‘Jumanji’ sexism controversy

The long-awaited follow-up also stars Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Jack Black and Kevin Hart

Former Doctor Who star Karen Gillan has responded to criticism of sexism after the first photo was revealed from the upcoming Jumanji film sequel.

The film is the follow-up to the 1995 film of the same name (itself adapted from Chris Van Allsburg’s 1981 children’s book), and has been in development since 2012. Work on the film has accelerated in the past year, with chief castmembers of the Sony Studios-produced movie signing on to work on a new script that’s been co-written by Stranger Than Fiction screenwriter Zach Helm.

The first photo from the set was unveiled earlier this week. It shows Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson (who is playing ‘The Smoldering Dr. Bravestone’), Gillan (who plays Martha), Kevin Hart and Jack Black. The picture sees Gillan wearing a skimpy outfit while her co-stars are far more modestly dressed.

Following criticism over Gillan’s “revealing” outfit, the actress herself has now taken to Twitter to say that there is a reason why she is “wearing child sized clothes” in the photo. She adds: “The pay off is worth it, I promise”.

Johnson has also addressed the controversy, saying: “Our costumes will all make fun sense soon”. See both tweets beneath.

The new Jumanji film is set for release on June 28, 2017.

Johnson has assured fans that the sequel will honour the star of the 1995 Jumanji film, the late Robin Williams. The actor – who is also serving as a producer on the project – wrote on his Instagram back in May that he had “love and respect for Williams,” who died in 2014.

“An important thing that I want to be honest and bring up is Robin Williams. The love and respect I have for this man is boundless,” he wrote. “You have my word, we will honor his name and the character of ‘Alan Parrish’ will stand alone and be forever immortalized in the world of JUMANJI in an earnest and cool way.

“I have an idea of what to do and I think his family will be proud, Johnson continued. “I also think Robin is somewhere lookin’ down and laughing, remembering the first time we met backstage and I (for the first time ever) was a star struck bumbling idiot that couldn’t even get my words out. Idiot. He literally calmed me down w/ that smile and laugh. But that’s for another fun story down the road.”