Danny DeVito Joins The Jumanji Sequel
The untitled sequel hits theatres in December.
Veteran actor Danny DeVito is joining the sequel to Jumanj: Welcome to the Jungle. Variety reported and actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson confirmed that DeVito will have a role in the film that's due out at the end of the year. The news about DeVito joining the sequel comes just days after it was reported that Awkwafina will also appear in the movie.
Plot details are being kept under wraps for the Jumanji sequel, and this includes details on who DeVito will play. But it appears DeVito will be among the people who get sucked into the Jumanji video game and become someone new once inside the game.
“The magic of Jumanji is who becomes who," The Rock told Variety. "And the idea of Danny DeVito joining our cast was too irresistible and something we knew we wanted to deliver to our audience this upcoming Christmas. Dwanta Claus loves everyone."
DeVito has been acting since the '70s, and he's still an in-demand actor. In addition to Jumanji 2, DeVito continues to star in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, while he's set to appear in two Disney movies this year: Dumbo and The One and Only Ivan. DeVito picked up a Best Picture Oscar nomination for his producing role for Erin Brockovich.
All the major stars of the 2017 Jumanji movie--Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan--are all expected to come back for the sequel. What's more, director Jake Kasdan, who is the son of legendary Star Wars writer Lawrence Kasdan, is returning as well.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle made $962 million worldwide, making it the fifth highest-grossing film of 2017, and a sure candidate for a sequel. In June 2018, The Rock confirmed that the sequel was officially underway. He said at the time, perhaps jokingly, that Kevin Hart's character will die in the first 15 seconds.
Plot details are under wraps for the Jumanji sequel, but The Rock teased that Kasdan gave a "dynamite pitch" for the plot. The film hits theatres in December 2019.
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