It’s been more than two decades since a bearded Robin Williams emerged from the jungle, and now a new Jumanji is heading back into the wild.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle follows four teenagers who stumble upon a dusty old videogame, only to find themselves trapped in the bodies of their avatars: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan. Dangerous animal encounters and tropical peril ensue.
“I thought it was a really fun way of continuing the mythology of the original,” director Jake Kasdan (Bad Teacher) says. “This game finds people who need it and sucks them in.” He pauses. “Literally.”
The body-swapping element means that most of the stars are playing against type: Johnson is a self-conscious gamer, Hart is a cocky football player, and Black is the most popular girl in school. So how did the 47-year-old Black tap into his inner teenage girl?
“You watch a few episodes of Teen Wolf,” he explains. “And you also listen to some John Mayer. Then you really start to feel it.”
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle will hit theaters Dec. 20.