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It has been just a few days since we learned the upcoming Jumanji sequel will be called Jumanji: The Next Level and this morning’s trailer confirmed the characters have leveled up for a new adventure this time around. However, that’s not the only thing changing in Jumanji 3. In fact, the main in-game characters will mostly be occupied by different personalities in the new movie.
We meet two of the newest personalities, played by the previously announced Danny DeVito and Danny Glover, this time around. DeVito plays Spencer’s grandfather Eddie and Glover plays Milo Walker in the film. Spencer is missing and has seemingly gone back in the game to play – you guessed it – the next level, only things don’t end up as planned.
Mainly, Eddie ends up as Dwayne Johnson's Smolder Bravestone this time around.
He’s not the only old dude playing the game, either, as Danny Glover ends up in the avatar of Franklin “Mouse Finbar.”
Previously, Spencer had ended up as Smolder Bravestone and Fridge had ended up as Mouse, so there’s a little game of musical avatars being played in Jumanji: The Next Level.
You can take a full look at the new movie with the full Jumanji: The Next Level trailer.
In other news, as you can see, Bethany is no longer going to be the person inside Professor Shelly Oberon, played by Jack Black. Instead, Fridge gets the honors this time around of playing Shelly, while Karen Gillan’s Ruby Roundhouse will still be occupied by Martha.
This leaves a bit of mystery, however. First, where is Bethany? Secondly, where is Spencer? If Smolder and Mouse are occupied by different people, where did they end up?
At one point in the trailer there is a shot of Nick Jonas’ Jefferson “Seaplane” McDonough seen, and presumably that leaves space for either Bethany or Spencer, who are seemingly missing. I also don’t think there were any additional characters that originally could be chosen during Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, but perhaps one of them ended up in a brand new avatar this time around?
No matter what, I’d assume Spencer and Bethany’s whereabouts will be central to the mystery this time around.
Still, the story should remain a bit of a fish-out-of-water story, as the two new characters get acquainted to the game and Fridge gets acquainted with his new avatar body. Only Martha will be used to the strengths and weaknesses she possessed previously.
Personally, I can’t wait to see how it all pans out. Catch Jumani: The Next Level on December 13, 2019. It's going to have some big holiday competition, which you can look at with our full schedule.