While the world wasn't asking for a new Jumanji movie, we're getting one that looks a heck of a lot of fun. Delayed sequels are a little hit and miss (ahem, ID Resurgence) so it's lucky that Jumanji's got franchise viagra Dwayne Johnson attached to star. He's bringing his friendly giant vibe to the upcoming film, and we've now got a first look at his character in this spot of concept art:
EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: Concept art of my #JUMANJI character. "The Smoldering" Dr. Bravestone. (not sure where my pecs went;). This is gonna be fun.. Me, @kevinhart4real, Jack Black, @NickJonas and the Ginger Assassin @karengillanofficial can't wait to "play the game that plays you". #JUMANJI #DrBravestone #KingOfTheSmolder #TheAdventureContinues 💀 * JUMANJI Costume Designer Laura Jean Shannon
A photo posted by @therock on Sep 1, 2016 at 10:12am PDT
Well hello, Dr, Jones! I mean, Bravestone. Yes, Johnson certainly does smolder and borrows quite a bit of his too-cool look from Indiana Jones. It's a great hat tip (ahem) to the action star archaeologist. The general feel of the pic hints at more of an old-school adventure, that I'm excited for as Johnson's got charisma oozing from every pore. I'd watch him in anything.
As for Jumanji's story, Johnson describes the movie as a "continuation" of the story that's most definitely not a reboot. It's set to pick up a while after the 1995 Robin Williams-starrer, with plans to honor the late comedian.
Directed by Jake Kasdan and starring Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, and Nick Jonas, Jumanji will be released in cinemas on July 28, 2017.
Images: The Rock, Sony