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.