Sony’s upcoming Jumanji movie has locked in its final lead cast member.
Set to star alongside Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Nick Jonas in the high-profile picture is Karen Gillan, the actress known for playing Amy Pond/Soothsayer in Doctor Who and Nebula in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
Deadline broke the news regarding Gillan’s casting, reporting that the actress nabbed the highly sought-after role due to her chemistry with the rest of the cast. The search for the film’s lead actress had been going for months.
This marks yet another big project for Gillan, whose credits include the 2013 horror pic Oculus and Adam McKay’s The Big Short. The actress will also be reprising her role as Nebula in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
The new Jumanji will not be a remake, as Dwayne Johnson posted on Instagram a while back, but “a continuation of the awesome Jumanji adventure 20 years later.” The social media-friendly star also released a post confirming Gillan’s casting in what he calls “the most important role” in the film.
“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, Ms @KarenGillanOfficial,” Johnson posted.
“And yes, this is the girl who is so bad ass she shaved her freaking head for Guardians of the Galaxy.”
Between myself, @kevinhart4real Jack Black and @NickJonas 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, Ms @KarenGillanOfficial. 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 “The Snake” Kasdan directing, Matt “OG” Tolmach producing. Yup, I give everyone nicknames. The adventure and fun continues… #JUMANJI #KarenGillan #RESPECT #GingerTough
Kevin Hart also shared his thoughts:
Jumanji, directed by Jake Kasdan (Orange County, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Bad Teacher), will begin production in Hawaii next month. The film is scheduled for U.S. release on July 28, 2017.