Jack Plays 'Jumanji': Jack Black Joins Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson in 'Jumanji' Remake

This one is officially on our 'must see' list.

Jack Plays 'Jumanji': Jack Black Joins Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson in 'Jumanji' Remake
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In April, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson announced he'd be starring in an upcoming Jumanji remake. The original film starred no less than Robin Williams — needless to say, the people over at Sony had legendary shoes to fill.

We're now thrilled to report that comedian Jack Black has joined the cast. To our skeptics out there: If that doesn't renew your hope, we're not sure what will.

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Johnson enthusiastically announced the good news on Wednesday, referring to Black as a "brilliant actor":

"IT'S OFFICIAL: An ol' friend is ready to play in the world of #JUMANJI... JACK (mf'n) BLACK," he wrote alongside a picture of he and the Kung Fu Panda star.

"Been a big fan of his work over the years. A brilliant actor who I'm confident will turn in a performance of a lifetime for JUMANJI. (when we reveal his character you'll understand;). In our reimagining of the story of JUMANJI, Jack brings that rare balance of cool with funny and edge with childlike joy.
The "Jumanji Breakfast Club" is coming together.. myself, Jack (mf'n) Black and Kevin Hart.

"Two big roles left. One bad ass girl. One semi-sorta bad ass dude. Who will they be... this is gonna be fun."

On Monday, Johnson, 44, offered more detail on the project. While the new film is heavily inspired by 1995's Jumanji, it will be a "reimagination" of the story. There are also now five major parts, an increase from the first rendition's three.

And the #JUMANJI magic begins. Excellent meeting with our director Jake Kasdan, producer Matt Tolmach, and our @SevenBucksProd team to work on our new re-imagining of this amazing story. I felt like in order to craft something cool we should begin where it all started. Award winning writer Chris Van Allsburg's source material of JUMANJI. Chris also wrote THE POLAR EXPRESS (later adapted by Robert Zemeckis and Tom Hanks) and has a very special & magical way of storytelling. I'm feelin' good and confident stepping into these shoes as a producer as well as actor to bring you something great that you and your entire fam can enjoy. 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. 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. 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. We got a great team assembled already over at our home base of SONY and now we build from here. Here's another fun part... in the original movie there were three big roles. In our new story there's now FIVE. Been so damn cool to see all my actor buddies push their projects aside so hopefully they can come play in our world. Should have cool casting announcements this week. Will keep you posted. #TheMagicBegins #JustPressStart #JUMANJI

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Jack Plays 'Jumanji': Jack Black Joins Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson in 'Jumanji' Remake
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