Former Doctor Who star Karen Gillan has landed a major role in the soon to be filming Jumanji reboot. Gillan will join Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black to bring the most dangerous board game ever devised to life for a new generation.
Karen Gillan will be playing a character called Martha ("Why did you say that name!") and will be filling the female lead role that Johnson teased when the movie was announced. If you're a true Jumanji fan, then you'll know that Martha Shepherd was the mother of Kirsten Dunst and Bradley Piece's Judy and Peter. I doubt that Gillan is playing the same character as it's likely just a little nod to the 1996 movie.
Following his recent comments that the new film would honour the beloved original, Dwayne Johnson has confirmed that their Jumanji is very much a continuation of that story.
"This new movie will NOT be a remake or reboot of the original. It will be a CONTINUATION of the awesome JUMANJI adventure 20 years later. As a producer on this movie and someone who loves the original, you have my word we'll honor the legend of "Alan Parrish" and properly introduce a whole new generation to the fun and crazy JUMANJI universe that so many of us loved and grew up on."
Johnson's passion for the project is unquestionable, and his infectious charisma makes any movie he's in worth watching. If anybody can convince the naysayers to give the new Jumanji a chance, it's Dwayne Johnson. You don't become the highest paid actor in Hollywood without picking up a few fans.
Since she departed the TARDIS, Karen Gillan has remained a fixture in the sci-fi community thanks to her villainous performance in Guardians of the Galaxy and its forthcoming sequel. Gillan can be seen next later this year alongside Ethan Hawke and John Travolta in Ti West's gritty Western In The Valley of Violence. Here's hoping that the fans embrace this revamp with more open arms than the recent Ghostbusters reboot.
Directed by Jake Kasden (Bad Teacher), Jumanji will be unleashed in cinemas July 28, 2017.