Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has given fans a sneak peek at his Jumanji character by sharing concept art from the upcoming movie.
The Fast & Furious actor will play a character called The Smoldering Dr. Bravestone in the sequel, which is due to start shooting in Hawaii shortly. The Rock is also serving as a producer on the project.
Clarifying the direction of the new movie in July, The Rock wrote on Instagram: “For the record we are NOT making a reboot, but rather a continuation of the awesome JUMANJI story.”
Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Nick Jonas and former Doctor Who actress Karen Gillan will be among The Rock’s co-stars in the sequel, which is being directed by Jake Kasdan (Bad Teacher, Sex Tape).
EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: Concept art of my #JUMANJI character. “The Smoldering” Dr. Bravestone. (not sure where my pecs went;). This is gonna be fun.. Me, @kevinhart4real, Jack Black, @NickJonas and the Ginger Assassin @karengillanofficial can’t wait to “play the game that plays you”. #JUMANJI #DrBravestone #KingOfTheSmolder #TheAdventureContinues * JUMANJI Costume Designer Laura Jean Shannon
Johnson recently said that the new version of the movie will pay tribute to Robin Williams‘ beloved Jumanji character, Alan Parrish.
Williams, who died in 2014, starred in the original 1995 fantasy comedy film, which was based on a children’s book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg. It became one of the Top 10-grossing movies of its year and a TV series partly inspired by the film would later run from 1996 to 1999.
The new movie, whose full title has yet to be confirmed, is due to open in cinemas in July 2017.