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Jumanji casting hints at why Karen Gillan is dressed like Lara Croft

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If you thought Karen Gillan’s costume in the upcoming Jumanji movie looked dated — like something out of a dusted-off game from the ’90s, perhaps — you might have been on to something.

Casting news revealed by leading man Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on Friday was accompanied by recent reports that he, Gillan, Kevin Hart, and Jack Black are actually portraying “avatars” inside a Jumanji game, with each corresponding to a teenage player in the movie’s real world. The four teens are to be portrayed by Alex Wolff, Madison Iseman, Morgan Turner, and Ser’Darius Blain.

Spokespersons for Sony did not respond to request for comment.

Word of the twist comes a few days after the first look at the film, also unveiled by Johnson, came under fire for Gillan’s skimpy costume. Critics have complained that the outfit, which consists of short shorts, a midriff-baring top, calf-high boots, and fingerless gloves, is overtly sexualized.

Both Gillan and Johnson have promised that there’s a narrative explanation for what she described as “child sized clothes” and he compared to Lara Croft, of Tomb Raider fame.

The Croft comparison in particular suggests that Gillan’s character, Ruby Roundhouse, will satirize the trope of scantily clad action heroines. Time will tell if, as Gillan said, “The pay-off is worth it,” or if the movie tries to have its cheesecake and eat it too.

Jumanji is scheduled to hit theaters July 28.