Sony has now released the international trailer video for its upcoming fantasy adventure movie, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” which is essentially a sequel to 1995’s cult-classic film, “Jumanji.” The trailer itself clearly shows that the upcoming movie will have an entirely different theme when compared to the original. The 1995 movie had a somewhat darker theme with a slightly more serious approach. However, the upcoming movie will apparently have a more comedic approach with a healthy dose of action.

Online promotion

Dwayne Johnson, who stars in the upcoming film as Dr. Smolder Bravestone, also posted the trailer on his own Facebook page.

The post was captioned with Johnson saying that he can take down anybody with a boomerang, “Jungle-style.” With a cast of comedic giants, which includes Kevin Hart as Moose Finbarr and Jack Black as Professor Shelly Oberon, the trailer showcases the team’s goofy adventures after having been sucked into the Jumanji video game.

Big differences

The original movie, which starred the late Robin Williams as Alan Parrish, featured the Jumanji game as a mysterious board game that changed the realities of its players around them. However, the upcoming movie, which is also known as “Jumanji 2,” features it as a modern video game in a likely attempt to translate the original into modern times for younger audiences. Additionally, instead of the game coming to the player’s reality, the new Jumanji game apparently sucks its players into its own world.

The trailer, which features the Guns and Roses song “Welcome to the Jungle,” shows a group of young teenagers sent into detention only to discover the Jumanji video game. When the group fires up the game, they are then sucked into a dangerous jungle world filled with creatures and deadly enemies. The teenagers are also transformed into the characters they had initially selected at the start of the game.

Modernizing the property

Aside from featuring Jumanji as a video game title, the movie also references several modern video game tropes. Within the Jungle world, players apparently have special skills that are unique to their character. The characters also have two lives throughout the run of the game, which means that if they die twice, they also will die in real life.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is scheduled to hit theaters in the holidays, on Dec. 22. The film also stars Karen Gillan as Ruby Roundhouse, with Nick Jonas, Alex Wolff, Ser’Darius Blain, and Madison Iseman appearing as the teenagers who discovered the game. It has also been confirmed that Robin William’s character will be appearing through the use of archived footage from the original movie.

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