Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black are about to get another hunky co-star. Nick Jonas is in touch to join the remake of the 1995 hit movie, ‘Jumanji!’ But who will he play?
Nick Jonas, 23, is all about multi-tasking. With his hazing drama Goat about to take over in September, and an album with endless hits topping the chart, he’s in talks to join yet another huge project: the remake of Jumanji.
Our sister publication Deadline reports that a deal is in the works for him to join the film, which will be directed by Jake Kasdan; the script will be based on the original Robin Williams‘ film that came out in 1995 grossing more than $260 million globally.
We don’t know much about the film, but in May co-producer, Dwayne Johnson announced that they had cast Jack Black. “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;). In our reimagining of the story of JUMANJI, Jack brings that rare balance of cool with funny and edge with childlike joy. The “Jumanji Breakfast Club” is coming together.. myself, Jack (mf’n) Black and Kevin Hart,” he wrote on Instagram.
Well it looks like Nick will be that bad-ass dude (he’s more than sort of, right?). Dwayne announced that while the original had three big roles, this one will have five — so only one left to cast. We also know the film will honor the original, specifically Robin Williams.
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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HollywoodLifers, are you excited to see Nick in the Jumanji remake?