Sony's New 'Jumanji' Film Adds Karen Gillan

Principal photography is set to begin in August in Honolulu.
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Karen Gillan

Guardian of the Galaxy's Karen Gillan is joining Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart in Sony's Jumanji.

Nick Jonas and Jack Black also will star in the continuation of the 1995 fantasy-adventure film to be directed by Sex Tape director Jake Kasdan. The Scottish actress rounds out the cast of the film, which is set to begin principal photography in August in Honolulu.

The movie will be a new look at the Chris Van Allsburg book about the magical board game that wreaks havoc, as well as monsoons, on unsuspecting players. Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner wrote the script for the project, based on a draft by the original writers, Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. 

Matt Tolmach and William Teitler are producing the project. Johnson and Kasdan are executive producing, along with Ted Field, Mike Weber, David Householter, Chris Van Allsburg, and Dany Garcia.

Sony is set to release Jumanji on July 28, 2017. 

Gillan rose to fame as the companion of the 11th doctor on the popular British sci-fi series Doctor Who. She crossed over to mainstream American audiences with Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, where she played nebula, an evil henchman with a father-complex, a role she will reprise for James Gunn's sequel, which is due out May 5, 2017.

She is repped by UTA, the U.K.'s Troika and Jackoway Tyerman.

In an Instagram post, Johnson welcomed Gillan to the cast, writing, "This isn't just any role, but in many ways the most important role of the movie. We had to find a girl. But not just any girl. A girl who has 'Chutzpah.' " 


Between myself, @kevinhart4real Jack Black and @NickJonas we've searched far and wide to find the one person to complete our #JUMANJI family. This isn't just any role, but in many ways the most important role of the movie. We had to find a girl. But not just any girl. A girl who has "Chutzpah". Guts, nerve and talent to stand her ground and hold her own against Nick's cool rockstar ways, Jack's relentless energy and genius, Kevin's masterful timing and skills and the big, brown, bald tattooed guy who just simply stands there and oooooozes smoldering, captivating, sizzling, can't take your eyes off this brilliant manly man.. never mind I got drunk on the ol' DJ kool aid again. Ladies and gentlemen, I'm proud to announce a girl who's playing the most important role in our movie - the talented, beautiful and down for a Scottish fight at any time, Ms @KarenGillanOfficial. And yes, this is the girl who is so bad ass she shaved her freaking head for Guardians of the Galaxy. We start production next month in Hawaii and as many of you already know, this isn't a remake or reboot, but a continuation of the awesome JUMANJI story we love. Jake "The Snake" Kasdan directing, Matt "OG" Tolmach producing. Yup, I give everyone nicknames. The adventure and fun continues... #JUMANJI #KarenGillan #RESPECT #GingerTough

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