It's a good time to be a 90s kid. With the trend of nostalgia proving to be both profitable and popular, tons of popular TV shows and movies from the 1990s have made a resurgence through long awaited sequels and revivals. Case in point: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which is bringing the beloved 1995 film to a new generation. The film follows four teenagers as they're sucked into a Jumanjij video game, with the starring cast playing the in-game avatars. Karen Gillan plays Ruby Roundhouse, the avatar chosen by bookworm Martha. But if the film is given a sequel, would Gillan rather play Martha again, or get to inhabit another kid who is playing as Ruby?
I recently asked Karen Gillan just this, and she opened up about what type of sequel she'd like to see following Welcome to the Jungle.
Per my conversation with Karen Gillan about her role in the film, it looks like she wants to play someone other than Martha if Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle returns for a threequel. Now we just have to see how the new film stands up in this weekend's box office, and if enough money is made to warrant another return to the world of Jumanji.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has garnered some impressive critical reception, which may surprise the purists and naysayers out there. Rather than a direct sequel, the film revolves around a new set of characters, and is almost entirely set within the world of Jumanji. While the 1995 movie brought the jungle's dangers to the real world, Into the Jungle does quite the opposite. This frees the film from comparisons, and allows the audience to sit back and enjoy the fun ride, especially the starring cast's chemistry.
Karen Gillan plays Ruby Roundhouse, the killer of men avatar who is skilled in "dance fighting" and plenty of high kicks. But rather than being a badass, she's actually playing bookworm Martha, who isn't too pleased with her avatar's skimpy costume. This allows Gillan to play against her costume, essentially shutting down all the unnecessary hate that came once the film's first still was released. Gillan is a MAJOR fan of the original Jumanji, and seems all too willing to return for another sequel, if Sony ends up green lighting it.
While the long awaited Jumanji sequel has been critically acclaimed, but is going up against some serious competition this weekend. In addition to the second weekend of The Last Jedi, it will have to go up against Pitch Perfect 3, The Greatest Showman, and Downsizing.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is in theaters today, December 20th. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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