It's taken over 20 years, but Jumanji is finally getting a sequel in the form of Dwayne Johnson's Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, the first trailer of which has just been released.
Things begin when four high school kids in detention are given the task of cleaning out the school basement, and, while doing so, they find an old video game console. Turning it on, they pick characters they want to be and as the game starts, they find themselves somehow drawn into that fantasy world. Suddenly they are their avatars (retaining their personalities, which go completely against what they look like now) and they discover that rather than play Jumanji, the challenge is actually surviving it. And surviving is the only way they can hope to return home. Along the way they find that they have to discover what Robin Williams' Alan Parrish from the first film left behind, and change the way they look at themselves and treat others.
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The cast includes Dwayne Johnson (scoring big time in the Fast And Furious films) as Dr. Smolder Bravestone, comedian Kevin Hart (Ride Along, Central Intelligence) as Franklin "Moose" Finbar, Jack Black (entertaining audiences young and old as the voice of Po in the Kung Fu Panda films) as Shelly Oberon, and Karen Gillian (Nebula from the Guardians Of The Galaxy films) as Ruby Roundhouse.
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Author Chris Van Allsburg, who wrote the book that the films are based on, in an interview with Scholastic said of the concept's origin, "When I was a little boy and I would play games like Monopoly, they seemed kind of exciting, but when I was done with the game, all I had was fake money. So I thought that it would be fun and exciting if there were such a thing as a game board where whenever you landed on a square and it said something was going to happen, then it would really happen."
Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle will be released on December 22, 2017.