10:50am PT by Ciara McVey
Colin Hanks Returning For 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' Sequel
Colin Hanks is jumping back into the game.
The actor confirmed his appearance in the Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sequel, telling The Hollywood Reporter In Studio, "I'm not allowed to discuss or confirm or deny anything involving the Jumanji sequel. With the exception of, I am in it."
In the 2017 film, Hanks played the grown-up version of Nick Jonas' character Alex, a teen who had been stuck in the game for decades, only to be saved by four teenagers who also found themselves sucked into the game.
Original cast members Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillian and Jonas are returning for the sequel. Ser'Darius Blain, Alex Wolff, Madison Iseman and Morgan Turner are also coming back. Crazy Rich Asians breakout Awkwafina is joining the franchise, along with Danny DeVito and Danny Glover.
While details on the film are being kept under wraps, production began in Hawaii earlier this year, although Hanks didn’t get to join the rest of the cast on set.
"I got to shoot all my stuff in Atlanta," he said. "Since I was one of the characters that existed outside of the game, I don't get the plush, tropical locale."
Hanks also discussed starring in the family comedy Life in Pieces, now in its fourth season on CBS.
"It's kind of surreal. I’ve never been on a show longer than maybe one [season], so it's kind of a strange thing when I try and remember specific episodes, or I see one and I have almost no recollection of making it," he told THR. "It's a weird experience, but it's fun. I love the show."
The unique structure of the series, which chronicles the lives of three generations of the Short family, which each episode telling separate stories of different family members, was something that drew Hanks in immediately.
"I hadn't seen it before, especially not on network television, this idea of having three short stories that make up a larger story all about this extended family. That led to some really interesting ways to be able to tell stories, to be able to tell jokes, to be able to do comedy. All of that really makes it a very appealing proposition," he explained.
Life in Pieces airs Thursday at 9:30 p.m. on CBS.
Watch the video above to hear Hanks discuss being called the “fake Nick Jonas,” shooting Life in Pieces in the Bahamas and more.