Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was a pretty delightful surprise to those who just assumed it would fall short of the original 1995 film (that starred the late, great Robin Williams). Instead, it was a pretty sweet coming of age story and possibly the best video game based movie to come out in, well, awhile.
It did well at the box office, with audiences, and (mostly) with critics.
Needless to say, no one was surprised when the film got the greenlight for the sequel that went into production pretty quick.
The first trailer for Jumanji: The Next Level was released today. If you just assumed that things would be the same in the sequel, then you don’t know Jumanji.
This time the teens from the first film return to track down Spencer (Alex Wolff), who seemingly disappeared into the game after attempting to fix it. (What the hell, dude?) This time around they’re joined by Danny DeVito, who plays Spencer’s grandfather Eddie. He takes what was Spencer’s avatar in the first movie, Smolder Braveston (Johnson). That’s right. Dwayne Johnson is playing Danny DeVito essentially. His friend Milo, played by Ernie Hudson, gets sucked in and is in the avatar of Franklin Finbar (Kevin Hart).
If the entire movie is terrible, then I won’t care just for that reason. A+ casting. Johnson doing his best DeVito is something I never knew I needed in my life.
Also saving Spencer is Fridge (Ser’Darius Blain), who is now in Bethany’s (Madison Iseman) former avatar Sheldon Oberon (Jack Black). Martha (Morgan Turner) is the only one who returns to her avatar as Ruby Roundhouse (Karen Gillan). No word on if Bethany will get a new avatar in the film and who it will be.
We also get to see some new locales in the world of Jumanji, such as mountains and deserts. There is also a return of ace pilot Jefferson (Nick Jonas) and the first glimpse of Awkwafina’s unnamed new character.
The trailer looks excellent, bringing back some excellent humor and action. We can’t wait to see what the actual film will be. Check out the trailer below.
Jumanji: The Next Level hits theatres on December 13th.