Played by: Dwayne Johnson
Avatar of: Spencer Gilpin in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle; Eddie Gilpin (Danny DeVito) in Jumanji: The Next Level
Strengths: Fearless; Climbing; Speed; Boomerang; Smouldering Intensity
Character Description: One of five selectable players in the Jumanji video game, Dr. Smolder Bravestone is a cross between Indiana Jones and John McClane with pecs to rival Arnie. He’s lethal with a boomerang and his smouldering intensity will stop you dead in its tracks.
Roarsome Fact: Hard as it is to believe now, Johnson says that he was more like Spencer than Smolder when he was in high school.
Played by: Karen Gillan
Avatar of: Martha Kaply in both Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Jumanji: The
Strengths: Karate; Tai Chi; Aikido; Dance Fighting; Nunchucks
Character Description: The only female avatar, Ruby Roundhouse is quite simply a force of nature. An expert in several forms of martial arts, she also has a deadly – and hilarious – dance fighting ability, which is activated every time the song ‘Oh Baby, I Love Your Way’ is played, and in this new film has added ‘Nunchucks’ to her list of talents.
Roarsome Fact: The original Jumanji, which was released in 1995 and starred the
late, great Robin Williams, is one of Gillan’s favourite films.
Played by: Jack Black
Avatar of: Bethany Walker in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle; Fridge in Jumanji: The Next Level, then Bethany again
Strengths: Cartography; Archaeology; Paleontology; Geometry
Weaknesses: Endurance; Heat; Sun; Sand
Character Description: Another character who is somewhat mis-sold on the Jumanji ’Choose Your Character’ screen, what Professor Sheldon ‘Shelly’ Oberon lacks in stamina he makes up for in brainpower. As a renowned cartographer, he is the only one of the five avatars who can read or even see the Jumanji map.
Roarsome Fact: Channelling his inner teenage girl posed an interesting challenge for Black comedically. When he got the part his immediate thought was: “Damn, I’ve got to pump my game up!”
Played by: Kevin Hart
Avatar of: Anthony ‘Fridge’ Johnson in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle; Milo Walker
in Jumanji: The Next Level
Strengths: Zoology; Weapons Valet; Linguistics
Weaknesses: Cake; Speed; Strength
Character Description: When hulking high school football star Fridge misreads ‘Mouse’ as ‘Moose’ in the 2017 movie, he decides Franklin Finbar is definitely the character for him; only to be dismayed when he discovers that his avatar is actually a backpack-wearing weapons valet who is missing “the top two feet of my body”.
Roarsome Fact: Good friends in real life, this is the third time Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson has shared the screen together.
Played by: Nick Jonas
Avatar of: Alex Vreeke in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle; Spencer Gilpin in Jumanji: The Next Level
Strengths: Making Margaritas; Flying
Weaknesses: Mosquito Bites
Character Description: Those of you with good memories will recall that Fridge and Spencer were unable to select ‘Seaplane’ when they first fired up the Jumanji game in Welcome to the Jungle; that’s because he’d already been chosen by missing kid Alex Vreeke (Colin Hanks), who the gang later helped save.
Roarsome Fact: Tom ‘Spider-Man’ Holland was initially cast as Seaplane, but MCU scheduling conflicts meant he was forced to pull out and singer-songwriter Jonas ‘landed’ the part instead. Geddit!?