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Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle was the textbook example of an unexpected hit back in 2017. Emboldened by its successful revitalization of the Jumanji brand, a sequel was quickly put into the works, and as such the mad scramble was on to get the film ready for its December 17, 2019 release date.
Taking on the box office so close to a Star Wars sequel may seem foolish, but it certainly worked for the last Jumanji movie, and Jumanji 3 has one hell of a cast to help it even the odds. If you want to know the score about what's going on with the new Jumanji sequel in general, feel free to read up on the news with our "What We Know So Far" guide. For now though, let's see who's returning, and who's new, to the world of Jumanji!
Every group needs an intrepid leader, and as such, Smolder Bravestone is the defacto leader of the group of avatars returning from Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle. But having Smolder returning to kick all sorts of ass just wouldn't be the same if any other than Dwayne Johnson was playing the role. So thankfully, hearing his name among the returning cast members, as well as producer of Jumanji 3, was the sort of blessing this project needed.
There's been plenty of action in Johnson's life since Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle's release, as he saw Rampage and Skyscraper, as well as the third season of Ballers jump off in 2018. Not to mention, 2019 is going to be a pretty big year for Dwayne Johnson in and of itself, as both his performances in Fighting With My Family and Hobbs & Shaw will be hitting the screens throughout 2019. So Jumanji 3's filming and release at the end of that very year should be a cherry on top of another productive year.
Another vital co-star in the Jumanji universe is, of course, Karen Gillan. After all, what fun would it be to see Smolder Bravestone returning without Ruby Roundhouse to fight alongside him? Kicking, punching, and even dancing her way through danger are her specialties, as Ruby was quite the brawler in the previous Jumanji sequel. So even if she's, say, controlled by an old man playing her game, don't expect any of that to change too much.
2019 is also a pretty fantastic year for Karen Gillan, as she'll not only see Jumanji 3 heading to theaters, but she'll also have a couple of animation projects she'll be lending her voice to in the year. Both the animated adaptation of Jack London's Call Of The Wild, as well as Blue Sky Animation's Spies in Disguise, will hear Gillan's voice spouting from two different animated avatars. But, of course, her most anticipated role of 2019 is that of Nebula, in the Marvel Studios' soon-to-be mega blockbuster Avengers: Endgame.
Zoologist. Weapons storage. Allergic to cake. Those are all vital terms that can identify Smolder Bravestone's official sidekick, Franklin "Moose" Finbar, and they're going to be important to identifying his role in Jumanji 3. More important is the fact that Kevin Hart will be stepping into the shoes, and undoubtedly those backpack straps, to reprise his Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle character.
In-between Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle and Jumanji 3, Hart has seen his career diversified as much as anyone else in the cast has. Not only did he see a return to his usual comedy schtick in Night School, but Kevin Hart also scored an surprise hit with the recent release of The Upside. And Jumanji 3 isn't his only sequel for 2019 either, as he's returning as the voice of rabbit revolutionary Snowball in Universal and Illumination's The Secret Life of Pets 2.
Professor Shelly Oberon is a master in the world of cryptography, cartography, and many other fields that a learned person would be the master of. That is, if he's not busy being eaten by hippos, or espousing his current controller's dismay that they aren't exactly the rugged Indiana Jones type. But no matter who's controlling Professor Oberon, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle wouldn't have been complete without Jack Black carrying the character through the film, and his return to Jumanji 3 only proves it!
Black has certainly been keeping up his family friendly credentials as of late, what with The House with a Clock in Its Walls and a brief appearance in Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween making his 2018 super productive. Though it does look like he's pretty open for 2019, which is good for the sake of his newly launched gaming channel on YouTube, "Jablinski Games." Of course, that's whenever he's not filming Jumanji 3.
Jefferson "Seaplane" McDonough knows danger like he knows how to pilot a helicopter: quite well, thank you very much. The last piece to the returning Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle crew, his rugged countenance played by Nick Jonas would surely have been missed if it were absent from Jumanji 3. Not to mention, Jonas's character was a vital part to the backstory of the game, as well as how it tied into the Jumanji mythos overall; so even though he wasn't one of the more publicized characters in the film, he's pretty important.
Fortunately, it's been confirmed that Nick Jonas will be back as "Seaplane" McDonough for Jumanji 3, rounding how the Jumanji game's quintet. The big question now is who will be playing as the character. At the end of Welcome to the Jungle, the timeline reset so that Alex Vreeke was never trapped within the game for 20 years, and after being freed, the four main teens reunited with Alex, now played by an adult Colin Hanks. So will the adult Alex be rejoining the main characters in Jumanji 3 or will someone new be brought in to act as "Seaplane"? Time will tell.
In real life, Ser’Darius Blain is over 30, but in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle he capably plays high school player and occasional homework cheater Fridge, who ends up in Kevin Hart's -- or should I say Mouse Finbar's -- body. In a new announcement we've learned he, along with the other "teen" characters in the last flick, will be returning for the still-untitled Jumanji 3. We wondered if the movie would throw together a different set of players this time around, as plot details are being kept under wraps, but we'll have to wait and see how the next movie in the franchise pans out!
Alex Wolff played Young Spencer in Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle. If you've seen the flick, you'll remember that he's the character who eventually switches into the game's character Dr. Smolder Bravestone. Each of the younger characters grow up a lot during the events of the first film and it will be interesting to see if they are the major characters this time around or if they simply pop in to the plot. We'll let you know as soon as we know.
While details are still under wraps regarding Morgan Turner's return as Young Martha, she will most definitely be back, along with the rest of her younger compatriots. The deal means that nearly all of Welcome To The Jungle's cast members are back in the fold for Jumanji 3 and we can't wait to see what that entails.
Madison Iseman, along with the other teens, will be returning in Jumanji 3. She plays young Bethany in the movie and her character is particularly significant. She saves the life of Alex and when the whole gang returns to the present they track Alex down, learning that Alex had named his own kid Bethany in gratitude for her saving his life. Young Bethany went from selfie queen to a teen with a lot of empathy during the course of the 2017 flick and it will be nice to see whether or not she returned to her social media roots or maintained a down-to-earth demeanor since the events in Welcome to the Jungle.
When Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’s four main characters were thrown into the game, they were eventually greeted by Nigel Billingsley, the NPC who informed them about the story and guided them throughout their journey. While it remains to be seen if Jumanji 3 will be set within that same game or take place in a completely different location, Billingsley will remain a constant, as Rhys Darby is reprising the role. No doubt he’ll once again be providing advice to the players, but perhaps Jumanji 3 will give him a little bit more to do this time around.
The first of our new cast members needs very little introduction, as Awkwafina had two pretty big movies last year: Ocean's 8 and Crazy Rich Asians. Now, she's entering the ring of big budget family entertainment, as Jumanji 3 has enlisted her as one of the new characters that will be introduced. More than likely, she'll be a human controller to one of the characters in the game, but that's pure speculation at this point, as all of the new characters are being kept under wraps. Awkwafina will also be heard in another big Sony sequel, The Angry Birds Movie 2, set for release this August.
Karen Gillan has gone on record as stating that she'd love to have an older man controlling her character in Jumanji 3, as it would challenge her to take on the mannerisms of such a character. Well, she's going to have two actors to possibly choose from, one of whom is Danny DeVito, who's also recently joined the Jumanji 3 cast! Adding to the excitement that is DeVito's 2019 is a role in Tim Burton's live-action Dumbo remake, which reteams him with his Batman Returns director. Maybe his work with elephants will pay off in this possibly new jungle adventure.
Last, but not least, Jumanji 3 has most recently added a rather lethal weapon to their arsenal. Danny Glover was announced as the latest cast member to join the Jumanji 3 family, which poses the question of whether the two of them will be a pair of friends who stumble upon one of their grandkids' video games. Seeing as the original game is destroyed, and details for any of these new characters are under wraps, it's a valid guess; but as new information surfaces, we'll see if that pans out. Most recently seen in The Old Man and the Gun, Glover will also be seen in his other 2019 project, The Last Black Man in San Francisco.
Prepare for adventure this Christmas, as Jumanji 3 is scheduled to debut in theaters on December 13, 2019. If you're interested in seeing what else is happening throughout the year's box office calendar, feel free to head over to our 2019 movie schedule to plan your schedule accordingly!