On Monday, Sony released its first official trailer to their upcoming sequel Jumanji: The Next Level the 2017 follow up to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.
2017’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle gave Sony a very nice Christmas bonus, earning a healthy $962 million at the box office. It also earned Sony $404 million domestically becoming the studio’s highest-grossing US release. Welcome to the Jungle was able to succeed in theaters despite being released just five days after Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
The Next Level sees the return of Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan as their popular video game avatars with the addition of Danny DeVito and Danny Glover.
Jumanji: The Next Level does come with a few twists. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Jumanji avatar of Dr. Bravestone is now being inhabited by the character Danny DeVito is playing, Kevin Hart‘s “Mouse” Finbar will be taken over by the Danny Glover character with Ser’Darius Blain character of Fridge Johnson will now inhabit Jack Black‘s Professor character. The only avatar that remains the same from Welcome to the Jungle is that of Karen Gillan’s character.
I really enjoyed 2017’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and after watching the trailer for The Next Level I can’t wait for December to get here.
I’ve read some who aren’t sure about new characters inhabiting the avatars we grew to love in the previous movie, but in all honesty I actually like the fact there changing it up. The idea that Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart will be trying to act like to old guys and those old guys just happen to be Danny DeVito and Danny Glover, then count me in.
I understand why some wanted the same four kids from the previous movie to inhabit the same avatars I get it. It worked to the tune of $962 million at the box office, why change? In this case I think change could be good. Obviously I want The next Level to be just as good if not better then Welcome to the Jungle, but at the same time I’m hoping to hear Kevin Hart’s Jumanji avatar say “I’m to old for this shit” just once.
Jumanji: The Next Level opens in theaters on December 13, 2019.