8:30am PT by Brian Porreca
Kevin Hart Reveals His All-Star Wish List for 'Jumanji 2'
Rebooting the Jumanji franchise more than two decades after the original version came out in 1995 was a big risk for Sony studio chief Tom Rothman and this film's producer Matt Tolmach. But the gamble paid off: The Jake Kasdan-directed Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle — starring Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Nick Jonas, just inched past $920 million in worldwide box office after a December bow, $387 million of that coming from domestic receipts.
If Hart has his way, the next installment, which is already in the works, will be locked and loaded with A-list villains and the main cast will stay put. "Put Brad Pitt in as the villain in the jungle," Hart told The Hollywood Reporter during a busy NBA All-Star Weekend in L.A. where he promoted his latest partnership with Mountain Dew Kickstart. "You know who else? Denzel Washington."
There's more: Matthew McConaughey, Bruce Willis and Joe Pesci, too. "I can go all day," Hart quipped. "But Bruce Willis is definitely going to ask for four lives from his Die Hard background."
No word on what the Rock has to say about these action rivals.
Hart also elaborated on his previous comments that he's dying to host the Oscars.
"It's one of those things now where I'm not out looking for it. If that were to happen and fit within my schedule and made sense, but it's not the end-all for me like, 'It better happen or else!' It's not that," he explained. "If I ever got the opportunity to do it, I would do it and I would do it my way and bring my personality to the Oscars. I don't want to come into a preset role."
He likely won't even be watching March 4 to see what role Jimmy Kimmel fills. "I'm going to be honest with you: no! No!" he said with a laugh. "I don't think there's a reason for me to watch it. I'm waiting to be involved in some type of way. If I have any time where I can watch TV that time is spent with the kids and whatever they want me to do."
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A version of this story first appeared in the Feb. 28 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.