Last month, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson signed on to star in the remake of Jumanji, the 1995 action-adventure starring Robin Williams and a board game that unleashes a jungle nightmare on whomever decides to roll the dice. On Monday (May 9), The Rock posted an update about the film on Instagram, and paid homage to Williams, who passed away in 2014.
"An important thing that I want to be honest and bring up is Robin Williams. The love and respect I have for this man is boundless. You have my word, we will honor his name and the character of 'Alan Parrish' will stand alone and be forever immortalized in the world of JUMANJI in an earnest and cool way. I have an idea of what to do and I think his family will be proud. I also think Robin is somewhere lookin' down and laughing, remembering the first time we met backstage and I (for the first time ever) was a star struck bumbling idiot that couldn't even get my words out. Idiot. He literally calmed me down w/ that smile and laugh. But that's for another fun story down the road."
The Rock also noted, “Here's another fun part... in the original movie there were three big roles. In our new story there's now FIVE. Been so damn cool to see all my actor buddies push their projects aside so hopefully they can come play in our world. Should have cool casting announcements this week. Will keep you posted.”
The Jumanji reboot is expected in July 2017. Jake Kasdan, son of Lawrence and creator of Cameron Diaz-starring comedies Bad Teacher and Sex Tape, is set to direct.