Karen Gillan has plenty of big screen experience these days, having worked on big effects films such as Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014). Now news arrives via Deadline that she is joining Dwayne Johnson (San Andreas) and Kevin Hart (Ride Along) in what is being described as a Jumanji continuation rather than a reboot.
According to Deadline, Gillan beat out several contenders to win the crucial role of Martha for the film, which will see more animal madness unleashed from the mysterious board game. Jake Kasdan (Bad Teacher) is in the director's chair, with Jack Black (School Of Rock) and Nick Jonas (Careful What You Wish For) also in the cast.
Of course, this being a movie featuring Dwayne Johnson, the one man mountain PR machine took to Instagram to welcome the new arrival. "Between myself, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Nick Jonas 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, Karen Gillan. 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." He certainly seems happy with the casting of Gillan.
The new Jumanji is scheduled to arrive on 28 July next year. And talking of the Guardians Of The Galaxy, Gillan will be back in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 on 28 April.