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Jack Black will be part of what Dwayne Johnson calls the 'Jumanji Breakfast Club'Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

Kung Fu Panda's Jack Black will soon be bringing his comic style to another animal-centric movie. The funny man has been confirmed for a role in the remake of Jumanji. He will be joining comedic actors Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson for the Jake Kasdan-directed reboot.

The Rock made the announcement via his Instagram account on 11 May alongside the caption: "IT'S OFFICIAL: An ol' friend is ready to play in the world of #JUMANJI... JACK BLACK."

The muscled actor, who is currently working on the Baywatch film, mentioned that he is a big fan of Black and said his fellow actor would do justice to the role. However, Johnson didn't reveal which role the School of Rock star would be taking on. "Been a big fan of his work over the years. A brilliant actor who I'm confident will turn in a performance of a lifetime for JUMANJI. (when we reveal his character you'll understand;)," he added in his photo comment. "In our re-imagining of the story of JUMANJI, Jack brings that rare balance of cool with funny and edge with childlike joy."

It looks like the new script for the film, which is based on Chris Van Allsburg's children's book, demands even more humour. Johnson confirmed that his Central Intelligence co-star Hart will also be joining the cast. "The "Jumanji Breakfast Club" is coming together... myself, Jack Black and Kevin Hart," he mentioned.

Johnson, who is also co-producing the film with Allsburg and the late Robin Williams (who acted in the original Jumanji movie), posted an emotional message online in which he promised to honour William's name and character Alan Parrish.

The original movie had three major roles but the reboot will have five. Right now Johnson, Black and Hart will take on three of the characters while the hunt is still on for another actor and actress to join the cast.

The Jumanji remake is slotted for release on 28 July 2017.

And the #JUMANJI magic begins. Excellent meeting with our director Jake Kasdan, producer Matt Tolmach, and our @SevenBucksProd team to work on our new re-imagining of this amazing story. I felt like in order to craft something cool we should begin where it all started. Award winning writer Chris Van Allsburg's source material of JUMANJI. Chris also wrote THE POLAR EXPRESS (later adapted by Robert Zemeckis and Tom Hanks) and has a very special & magical way of storytelling. I'm feelin' good and confident stepping into these shoes as a producer as well as actor to bring you something great that you and your entire fam can enjoy. An important thing that I want to be honest and bring up is Robin Williams. The love and respect I have for this man is boundless. You have my word, we will honor his name and the character of "Alan Parrish" will stand alone and be forever immortalized in the world of JUMANJI in an earnest and cool way. I have an idea of what to do and I think his family will be proud. I also think Robin is somewhere lookin' down and laughing, remembering the first time we met backstage and I (for the first time ever) was a star struck bumbling idiot that couldn't even get my words out. Idiot. He literally calmed me down w/ that smile and laugh. But that's for another fun story down the road. We got a great team assembled already over at our home base of SONY and now we build from here. Here's another fun part... in the original movie there were three big roles. In our new story there's now FIVE. Been so damn cool to see all my actor buddies push their projects aside so hopefully they can come play in our world. Should have cool casting announcements this week. Will keep you posted. #TheMagicBegins #JustPressStart #JUMANJI

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