Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was an unexpected mega-hit for Sony back in Christmas 2017. It’s no surprise, then, that a sequel – technically a second sequel, following the Robin Williams-starring original from 1995 – is set to arrive this December. The studio isn’t messing with the formula that worked so well in the last movie, either, as all four jungle-dwelling leads will be back. They’re even in the exact same costumes as last time.
You can see that for yourself in the image below, which marks our first look at the currently untitled sequel. From left to right, we have Kevin Hart as Mouse Finbar, Karen Gillan as Ruby Roundhouse, Jack Black as Professor Sheldon Oberon and, last but not least, Dwayne Johnson as Dr. Smolder Bravestone.
In fact, it was Johnson who shared the photo on his Instagram, teasing what’s in store in the film with a catchy rhyme:
“Yes, you’re favorite band is back ~ lookin’ lean (ish) and mean.
Even though things may not be as they seem
So buckle up world because soon we’ll all play
When a brand NEW JUMANJI drops this Holiday!
Oh the fun you’re gonna have.
The Smoldering Dr. Bravestone”
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As established in the 2017 flick, these four aren’t characters in themselves but rather video game avatars for the four teens that were sucked into Jumanji. Those teens – namely, actors Ser’Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, Morgan Turner and Alex Wolff – are all back as well for the sequel, so we assume it’s going to serve up much the same as last time. Johnson’s hint that “things may not be as they seem” though gives us hope that director Jake Kasdan and his team have got some new ideas up their sleeves.
Completing the line-up from the previous movie is Nick Jonas, back as his avatar Jefferson “Seaplane” McDonough. Joining Jumanji for the first time, however, are Awkwafina, Danny DeVito and Danny Glover, all in undisclosed roles. But will the sequel match the popularity of the previous film? We’ll have to play the (waiting) game and see when Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 2 roars into theaters on December 13th.