Prepare your childhood selves, '90s kids, we are in for a serious treat. First Jurassic World, now this?! Yes, after 22 years, we are finally getting a sequel to Jumanji.
*Four-year-old me just got really excited, then remembered that terrifying spider scene in the original Jumanji and screamed*
The trailer for Sony's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was released today and it looks like we'll be transported back to 1995 (with a few modern twists, of course):
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle finds its players trapped in a game-based universe. If you recall, in the original movie, the jungle was brought to life in the suburbs through a supernatural board game, forcing the characters to navigate the dangers of the tropics in their real world.
This time around, though, the story is reversed as we see four teenagers transported from their everyday lives into a tropical jungle after finding a Jumanji video game in the basement of their school. (Honestly, they should've known better, do they not teach this sh*t in history classes? SMDH.)
As the teens are sucked into the universe of the game, they each become the avatars they had chosen, which makes for a hilarious twist on the original. Producer Matt Tolmach told Entertainment Weekly,
We always talk about [Welcome to the Jungle] as another Jumanji adventure. It is very much the spirit of Jumanji, but with a different group of people and sort of a different idea. But the idea of the game that comes to life is the DNA there.
The hilariousness of the new Jumanji comes from the fact that Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, and Jack Black are all playing teenagers who have been body-swapped into the game's characters. This means Jack Black is literally playing a teenage girl in this movie. That's some Meryl Streep type acting if you ask me.
Jack Black said of his role,
There wasn't exactly an Actors Studio Workshop approach to this for me. I knew what I thought was funny about it, and I knew what I could do.
I'm sure there are plenty of twists and turns planned for Welcome to the Jungle we don't see in the trailer, but I'm still excited AF for December now.
Hopefully Jurassic World and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle are just the firsts in a long line of '90s reboots to come. (I'm looking at you, Space Jam.)