In August 2016, Dwayne Johnson confirmed that the film will not be a reboot or a remake, but a sequel to the original film and a tribute to Robin Williams.
Due to scheduling conflicts, Tom Holland had to drop out of the film. Nick Jonas was recast in the role.
As of April 22, 2016, Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) confirmed via Twitter that he will star in this film and that shooting will start in Fall 2016.
It had been speculated that Karen Gillan's character was either Alan Parish's daughter or a grown up Judy Shepherd (Played in the 1995 film by Kirsten Dunst).
On Dwayne Johnson's official Facebook page, Johnson announced Karen Gillan will star in the film.
It was speculated that the film's plot revolved around Karen Gillan, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black and Kevin Hart's characters playing the Jumanji board game and finding themselves trapped in the board game and setting out to find a way of escaping from the Jumanji jungle and back into their world.
The second collaboration between Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart. The first was Central Intelligence (2016).
Karen Gillan posted a photo of herself and her personal trainer Scott Pearlman whom helped her get into shape for the film on her official Instagram account on November 10th, 2016 and thanked Pearlman for whipping her into shape for the movie.
Karen Gillan recorded a video for her official Instagram account on the set with her stunt doubles and stated that being an actress is hard.
Ruby Roundhouse's outfit was influenced by Lara Croft, the main protagonist of the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider video games. Karen Gillan (Ruby Roundhouse) had not been offered or considered for the role of Lara Croft in the 2018 big screen reboot of the 2001 film adaptation starring Angelina Jolie.
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