Jumanji reboot: Nick Jonas in talks to star
Welcome to the jungle, Nick Jonas.
EW has confirmed that Jonas is in talks to join Sony’s upcoming Jumanji reboot, alongside Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, and Kevin Hart. Character details have yet to be revealed, but Jonas would join the cast in the role of “Alex.”
The project is billed as a new take on Chris Van Allsburg’s beloved children’s book, which, of course, was previously adapted in 1995 with Robin Williams in the lead role. Johnson has called his Jumanji “a new re-imagining of this amazing story,” and he has said that the new script honors Williams and his character, Alan Parrish.
Jake Kasdan (who directed Bad Teacher and is the son of Star Wars screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan) is helming the new Jumanji, with a script by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers penned the original draft, based on Van Allsburg’s book.
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Jonas is currently on tour with Demi Lovato, but he’s recently turned his eye to movies, including the hazing drama Goat, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year and will hit theaters in September.
Principal photography will begin on Jumanji in August in Honolulu, with the film stampeding into theaters on July 28, 2017.