Jumanji: The Next Level
|Jumanji: The Next Level|
|Directed by||Jake Kasdan|
by Chris Van Allsburg
|Music by||Henry Jackman|
|Edited by||Steve Edwards|
Jumanji: The Next Level is an upcoming American fantasy adventure comedy film directed by Jake Kasdan and written by Kasdan, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg. It is a sequel to the 2017 film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and the fourth installment of the Jumanji franchise. The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Ser'Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, Morgan Turner, and Alex Wolff, reprising their roles from the previous film, alongside newcomers Awkwafina, Danny Glover, and Danny DeVito.
Unknown to his friends, Spencer kept the pieces of the Jumanji video game and one day repaired the system in the basement of his grandfather's house. When Spencer's friends Bethany, Fridge, and Martha arrive, they find Spencer missing and the game running and decide to re-enter Jumanji to save him. Spencer's grandfather, Eddie, and his friend, Milo Walker, hear the commotion and inadvertently get sucked into the game too. The teenaged friends must help Eddie and Milo get used to their in-game avatars, get them to help find Spencer, and escape Jumanji once again.
The Game World
- Dwayne Johnson as Dr. Smolder Bravestone, Eddie's avatar who was formerly Spencer's, a strong, confident archaeologist, explorer, and the leader of the team.
- Jack Black as Professor Sheldon "Shelly" Oberon, Fridge's avatar who was formerly Bethany's, a cartographer, cryptographer, archaeologist, and paleontologist.
- Kevin Hart as Franklin "Mouse" Finbar, Milo's avatar who was formerly Fridge's, a diminutive zoologist and weapons specialist.
- Karen Gillan as Ruby Roundhouse, Martha's avatar, a commando with talents in martial arts.
- Nick Jonas as Jefferson "Seaplane" McDonough, formerly Alex's avatar, a young aircraft pilot.
- Rhys Darby as Nigel Billingsley, the players' main in-game NPC (Non-Player Character) guide.
The Real World
- Danny DeVito as Eddie Gilpin, Spencer's cranky and eccentric grandfather.
- Danny Glover as Milo Walker, Eddie’s friend.
- Ser'Darius Blain as Anthony "Fridge" Johnson, a Brantford High School football jock coasting on his athletic prowess who cares more about football than studying. He and Spencer, who were childhood friends, reconciled by the end of the previous film.
- Morgan Turner as Martha Kaply, a shy and cynical intellectual at Brantford High School. She and Spencer started a romantic relationship beginning at the end of Welcome to the Jungle.
- Alex Wolff as Spencer Gilpin, Eddie’s grandson and a nerdy student at Brantford High School. His experience as Smolder Bravestone helps him cope with his anxiety and panphobia and develop assertiveness. Spencer got sucked into the game and his friends, grandfather, and his grandfather's friend re-enter the game to rescue him.
- Madison Iseman as Bethany Walker, a pretty, popular, egocentric teenage girl at Brantford High School. Her experience as Sheldon Oberon made her care more about others.
- Colin Hanks as Alex Vreeke, a married man with children who, as a teenage gamer, was trapped inside the Jumanji video game for many years until being rescued and returned to his time in the last film. Vreeke survived by taking shelter in a home built by a previous player named Alan Parrish.
After the release of the previous film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, and Nick Jonas had discussed in interviews what a possible Jumanji sequel (referred to as Jumanji 3) would be about, including the possibility of the film exploring the origins of the titular game. Karen Gillan had also said that the alternate ending for Welcome to the Jungle would have left the door open for another movie. In February 2018, it was announced that Kasdan would direct the sequel, with Rosenberg and Pinkner again writing the script and Johnson, Hart, Black, and Gillan reprising their roles.
On February 22, 2019, Black confirmed the new film as being a fourth Jumanji film because of Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005) serving as the second film and sharing continuity with the other films of the series, with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle serving as the third film. In July 2019, the film's title was revealed as Jumanji: The Next Level.
In January 2019, Awkwafina, Danny DeVito, and Danny Glover joined the film. In February 2019, it was announced Alex Wolff, Ser'Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, Morgan Turner, and Nick Jonas were announced to reprise their roles. In March 2019, Dania Ramirez joined the cast of the film. That same month, it was announced Rhys Darby would reprise his role in the film. In May 2019, it was announced Colin Hanks would reprise his role.
The film is scheduled to be released on December 13, 2019.
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