Actress Karen Gillan has been announced to play the role of Martha in the Jumanji sequel due out next year.


GIllan, known for her roles on Doctor Who and Guardians of the Galaxy, will star alongside Dwayne “The Rock” JohnsonKevin HartJack Black, and Nick Jonas. The film is being described, not as a reboot or remake of the 1995 classic, but as a continuation of the original Jumanji, which starred the late Robin Williams.

This completes the casting puzzle for this film, which will begin production in Hawaii next month.

News of Gillan’s casting came first from an Instagram post from the Rock, which can be read below.

Between myself, @kevinhart4real Jack Black and @NickJonas we’ve searched far and wide to find the one person to complete our #JUMANJI family. This isn’t just any role, but in many ways the most important role of the movie. We had to find a girl. But not just any girl. A girl who has “Chutzpah”. Guts, nerve and talent to stand her ground and hold her own against Nick’s cool rockstar ways, Jack’s relentless energy and genius, Kevin’s masterful timing and skills and the big, brown, bald tattooed guy who just simply stands there and oooooozes smoldering, captivating, sizzling, can’t take your eyes off this brilliant manly man.. never mind I got drunk on the ol’ DJ kool aid again. Ladies and gentlemen, I’m proud to announce a girl who’s playing the most important role in our movie – the talented, beautiful and down for a Scottish fight at any time, Ms @KarenGillanOfficial. And yes, this is the girl who is so bad ass she shaved her freaking head for Guardians of the Galaxy. We start production next month in Hawaii and as many of you already know, this isn’t a remake or reboot, but a continuation of the awesome JUMANJI story we love. Jake “The Snake” Kasdan directing, Matt “OG” Tolmach producing. Yup, I give everyone nicknames. The adventure and fun continues… #JUMANJI #KarenGillan #RESPECT #GingerTough

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Among many kind words, he said Gillan was a girl with “Chutzpah” and “guts, nerve and talent to stand her ground and hold her own.”

The film is directed by Jake Kasdan, and its current release date is July 28, 2017.

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