With all being quiet on the new Jumanji movie front for a while now, it’s nice to get a new piece of casting news, especially when it’s concerning someone we really like: namely Karen Gillan.
According to the report on Deadline, Gillan (who is currently filming for Guardians Of The Galaxy: Volume 2, for which she will reprise her role as Nebula) will play a character called Martha, joining fellow cast members Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Nick Jonas.
Johnson greeted the news in his now customary optimistic manner, taking to Instagram to say the following:
“Between myself, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Nick Jonas we’ve searched far and wide to find the one person to complete our Jumanji family. This isn’t just any role, but in many ways the most important role of the movie. We had to find a girl. But not just any girl. A girl who has ‘Chutzpah’. Guts, nerve and talent to stand her ground and hold her own against Nick’s cool rockstar ways, Jack’s relentless energy and genius, Kevin’s masterful timing and skills and the big, brown, bald tattooed guy who just simply stands there and oooooozes smoldering, captivating, sizzling, can’t take your eyes off this brilliant manly man.. never mind I got drunk on the ol’ DJ kool aid again. Ladies and gentlemen, I’m proud to announce a girl who’s playing the most important role in our movie – the talented, beautiful and down for a Scottish fight at any time, Karen Gillan. And yes, this is the girl who is so bad ass she shaved her freaking head for Guardians Of The Galaxy. We start production next month in Hawaii and as many of you already know, this isn’t a remake or reboot, but a continuation of the awesome Jumanji story we love.”
Jake Kasdan is in directing duties, with the script being penned by Zach Helm, Chris McKenna, Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg and Erik Sommers.
Jumanji will be released in cinemas on 28 July 2017. For all the latest movie news, pick up the new issue of SciFiNow.