On 20th December, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle rampages into cinemas. The film is a follow-up to the classic adventure from 1995 and sees Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Jack Black, Karen Gillan and Kevin Hart taking a walk on the wild side. Let’s meet our jungle adventurers…
Picture it, you’ve discovered a dusty old video game in your school’s basement, and its title screen reads:
Jumanji – a game for those who seek to find, a way to leave their world behind!
Dare you play? You do? Excellent! The first thing you need to do is…
CHOOSE YOUR CHARACTER...
DR. SMOLDER BRAVEHEARTH - ARCHEOLOGIST/INTERNATIONAL EXPLORER
Avatar of: Spencer
Strengths: Fearless, climbing, speed, boomerang, smouldering intensity
Says things like: “Don’t cry, don’t cry!”
Game survival likelihood: 10/10
Played by: Dwayne Johnson
Known for: WWE, Fast & Furious 6, Moana (voice of Maui), San Andreas
Johnson on Spencer: “Spencer is the most wonderful, insecure, loveable, allergic to anything, fun character I’ve ever played. I’ve never had the opportunity to play a teenage boy. He’s not a big physical guy, he’s just little Spencer who morphs into me. I’m channelling this scared little 16-year-old boy and it was a challenge.”
FRANKLIN ‘MOOSE’ FINBAR - EXPERT IN WEAPONS AND ZOOLOGY
Avatar of: Fridge
Strengths: Zoology, weapons valet
Weaknesses: Cake, speed, strength
Says things like: “You don’t get in water with a backpack, everybody knows that!”
Game survival likelihood: 2/10
Played by: Kevin Hart
Known for: Ride Along, The Secret Life Of Pets (voice), Central Intelligence
Hart on Fridge: “When Fridge is picking his character, of course he picks ‘Moose’ Finbar. Moose sounds strong, big, tall, just like Fridge is. And he isn’t. He ends up being myself, which is a very small, petite man. Everything he thought he was, suddenly, he’s not… And it really doesn’t sit well that Spencer is now bigger than he is.
PROFESSOR SHELLY OBERON - CARTOGRAPHER/ CODE-BREAKER/CURVY GENIUS
Avatar of: Bethany
Strengths: Archeology, palaeontology, staring and not blinking
Says things like: “That was so intense, I like can’t even with this place!”
Game survival likelihood: 4/10
Played by: Jack Black
Known for: Kung Fu Panda (voice), King Kong, School Of Rock
Black on Bethany: “In my mind, I know how to be a hot babe. It’s in my toolbox. But the teenage girl I know is circa 1980s, so before we started filming I asked Madison Iseman [who plays Bethany] a ton of questions. I had to do my research. ‘What are you listening to now?’ ‘What TV shows are you watching?’ I watched and listened and got into that headspace"
RUBY ROUNDHOUSE - FIGHTER/ KILLER OF MEN
Avatar of: Martha
Strengths: Martial arts master, skilled badass and dance fighting.
Says things like: “Why am I wearing half a shirt and short shorts… in the jungle!”
Game survival likelihood: 7/10
Played by: Karen Gillan
Known for: Doctor Who, Guardians Of The Galaxy
Gillan on Martha: “For me, Martha’s learning curve is where the fun is. She is an introverted, socially awkward teenage girl who is forced to inhabit the body and eventually the mindset of someone so utterly different. I’m a little awkward at times, but I’ve been able to play these strong, badass characters, and I usually have to overcome my own weird awkwardness; with Martha/Ruby, I got to embrace that side and really have some fun.”
ODEON meets the cast! Watch the interview with Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Nick Jonas.
About the film...
In the 1995 original, a recently orphaned brother and sister living in Brantford, New Hampshire ‘enjoy’ a hair-raising adventure, along with Robin Williams' Alan Parrish, after daring to play a board game called Jumanji. They beat the game and live to tell the tale… but it’s a close run thing. In the film’s final scenes we see a young Alan Parrish throwing the game into the river, never to be seen again…
Until, that is, it washes up on a beach in the very last shot, drums-a-thumping…
In this epic new adventure, four detention-serving teenagers from the very same Brantford, New Hampshire stumble across the game while cleaning out their school’s basement. They decide to give it a whirl, only this time – as the board game is now a video game – they get to choose and play as avatars… within Jumanji itself!