One of the most iconic fantasy adventure films of all-time is returning to the big screen. Starring the late Robin Williams, the film was delight and something inventive for a film released in 1995.
But like all great films in the past, Jumanji is being remade. Though the names being eyed to star might not be the most ideal actors you would think if you’ve seen the original.
According to Variety, those costars are Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, who have already worked together on the upcoming Central Intelligence and co-hosted the recent 2016 MTV Movie Awards to promote that movie. While nothing is finalized, Variety‘s sources say the pair are in “early talks” to star in the movie despite both having heavy workloads with other upcoming projects.
It’s a shame that Williams himself isn’t around to participate in the remake, because his performance in the original movie was what gave it much of its charm. Hart could be a good choice as a substitute for Williams’ manic energy, but it’s unknown if he would play the same role or if the movie would even follow the same storyline. It could be that the studio is going in an entirely different direction with it, especially if it has required rewrites to get the script to where they want it to be. Time will tell how Sony updates the story of a jungle-themed board game come to life for a new generation.
Jumanji is set to arrive in theaters on July 2017 from Columbia Pictures.