Last month we told you about the Jumanji reboot rumors. A report from Variety claimed that Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart were in talks to star in the film. It was news that surprised everyone, and even made some people angry because they feel like there is no Jumanji without Robin Williams.
Well, Dwayne Johnson took to his Instagram account to confirm the rumors and calm people down by telling them the reboot will honor the late comedian. And reboot is the key word there. This will not be a sequel.
Johnson called the upcoming film a “new re-imagining of this amazing story,” and explained it will take more from the original children’s book than the 1995 film.
“The love and respect I have for this man is boundless. 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.”
As of right now, The Rock is the only official cast member, but more casting news should be released later this week, and sources say Hart is still scheduled to be one of the main characters. Johnson revealed this reboot will have five main roles as opposed to the three main roles in the original film.
We’ll keep you posted. The film is set to hit theaters July 28, 2017.