Dwayne Johnson Will Officially Star in ‘Jumanji,’ Says He’s ‘Edging Up’ the Script
Following reports that he was in talks to join the Jumanji remake, Dwayne Johnson has made the news Instagram-official (which is his version of making a relationship “Facebook official”). In addition to boarding the remake, Johnson reveals that he’s “edging up” the script with his team, and just in case his involvement wasn’t enough to soothe your fears, rest assured that The Rock has no intention of messing this one up.
Last week it was reported that Johnson was in talks to re-team with his Central Intelligence co-star Kevin Hart for Jumanji, though the casting of the latter was proving a bit tricky due to Hart’s schedule. Johnson has confirmed his casting in the long-developing remake, while Hart’s involvement remains uncertain:
The actor says that he’s “edging up an already very good script,” presumably tailoring it to suit his signature swagger. Jake Kasdan (Bad Teacher, Sex Tape) will direct, while previous drafts of the screenplay have been written by Jeff Pinkner (LOST) and Zach Helm (Stranger Than Fiction) — among others.
Johnson is currently filming his R-rated version of Baywatch based on the classic TV show, with today bringing confirmation that original star Pamela Anderson will appear in the new film. The actor will head into production on Jumanji once he wraps Fast 8.
Jumanji is currently set for a July 28, 2017 release.