Jack Plays 'Jumanji': Jack Black Joins Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson in 'Jumanji' Remake
This one is officially on our 'must see' list.
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.
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.