Nick Jonas is returning to the Jumanji franchise in 2019. Both the actor and the studio confirmed the casting this week on social media; Jonas will return to the screen with Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan. In the original installment Jones played the role of Jefferson “Seaplane” McDonough, a part that he will reprise for the untitled sequel.
Jake Kasdan is also returning to the franchise; he will once again direct. Kasdan will be working off a screenplay that he co-wrote with Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner.
Sony Pictures hasn’t announced a title for the film at this time, but the movie is expected to debut in theaters on December 13th. That puts the film in theaters one-week before Disney’s “Star Wars: Episode IX,” which could put a damper on Jumanji’s follow-up weekend. The first film opened one-week after “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” bringing in $36M on its debut, and still managed to become one of the highest-grossing films Sony Pictures has ever released.
Details on the film’s story are slim at the moment, though Awkwafina, Danny DeVito, and Danny Glover are all expected to join the sequel. The four teens that started the first movie, before being digitized into the world of Jumanji, are also expected to return to the franchise. Those actors were Ser’Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, Morgan Turner, and Alex Wolff.
The sudden success of “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” in 2017 had Sony Pictures rushing to put out a sequel. The film earned $404M domestically before making and $962M worldwide.
It’s interesting to see “Jumanji” and “Star Wars” battling it out at the box office, but they aren’t the only franchises that have staked out a weekend in December. An untitled Blumhouse Production is opening with “Jumanji 2” as well, and that film could crowd the big “Star Wars” debut. The other big releases in December include the musical “CATS,” a “Masters of the Universe” reboot, a “The Call of the Wild” animated-feature from FOX, Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women,” and the comedy “Superintelligence” with Melissa McCarthy.