Jumanji remake: Jack Black announced as Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson's co-star

'Jack brings that rare balance of cool with funny and edge with childlike joy'

Jack Shepherd
Thursday 12 May 2016 09:51 BST
Jack Black
Jack Black

In a touching social media post, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson paid tribute to Robin Williams, stating that his remake of Jumanji would honour the late, great actor.

At the end of the post, the Baywatch star mentioned that a casting announcement would be made within the week. Two days later, Jack Black has been revealed to have a leading role in the film.

“An ol' friend is ready to play in the world of Jumanji... JACK (mf'n) BLACK,” an excited Rock posted to Instagram.

“Been a big fan of his work over the years. A brilliant actor who I'm confident will turn in a performance of a lifetime for Jumanji. (When we reveal his character you'll understand.)

“In our reimagining of the story of Jumanji, Jack brings that rare balance of cool with funny and edge with childlike joy.”

Alongside the message, Johnson posted a shot of himself holding the film's original, source material - the picture book of the same name, written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg - with a photo of Black sliced on.

Black recently starred in the film adaptation of Goosebumps and voiced the titular character in the third Kung Fu Panda.

Johnson will produce and star in the Jumanji remake alongside Black. Kevin Hart is also rumoured to be starring in the film.

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