AceShowbiz - Sony's "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" has cast former "Doctor Who" regular %cKaren Gillan% in a major role. Deadline has reported that the 28-year-old actress will play Martha. She joins an A-list cast which includes Dwayne "%cThe Rock%" Johnson, %cKevin Hart%, %cJack Black% and %cNick Jonas% in the continuation of the 1995 original pic.
The new "Jumanji" film will be directed by Jake Kasdan, who directed "Bad Teacher", from a script provided by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers pen the original draft based on Chris Van Allsburg's Caldecott Medal-winning adventure book.
Matt Tolmach and William Teitler serve as producers. Kasdan also executive produces the upcoming film along with Van Allsburg, Johnson, David Householter, Ted Field, Mike Weber and Dany Garcia. Principal photography is set to begin next month in Honolulu for a July 28, 2017 U.S. release.
Gillan recently wrapped the filming on indie film "All Creatures Here Below". The 28-year-old actress will reprise her role as Nebula in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" and can next be seen opposite %cEthan Hawke% and %cJohn Travolta% in "In a Valley of Violence" which is set for an October 21 release this year.
On Tuesday, August 30, The Rock posted on Instagram a picture featuring Gillan to welcome his new co-star to the cast of the new "Jumanji" film. "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," the former wrestler wrote.
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