Sony impressed when releasing a five-minute reel of “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” earlier this year at CinemaCon. According to Forbes, almost six months prior to its official release date, the first theatrical trailer has appeared. On viewing the trailer, it looks like Sony may have a hit on their hands as Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan land (literally) into a jungle adventure like no other.

‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ is a twist on the original

As noted by Entertainment Weekly, the “Jumanji” sequel is definitely a twist on the original 1995 film, starring Robin Williams. More than 20 years after Alan Parrish, Williams’ character, emerged from the jungle, a bunch of kids have come across the fated game and have ended up in the dangerous jungle. The twist is that instead of playing the board game, four teenagers discovered a video version of “Jumanji” while shutting in detention for misbehaving.

Four teenagers in detention find a ‘Jumanji’ video game

As the trailer begins the teens, Fridge (played by (Ser’Darius Blain), Spencer (Alex Wolff), Martha (Morgan Turner) and Bethany (played by Madison Iseman) discover an old video game in the storage room they are detained in. Rather than cleaning out the room as they were told, they decide to play around with the game, choosing their avatars and then pressing start.

We then see the four characters dropping out of the sky into the jungle world of “Jumanji,” finding themselves trapped in the bodies of the avatars they chose.

Spencer, the nerd of the group, is now the muscular Dr.

Smoulder Bravestone (Dwayne Johnson) who is amazed at his own biceps. Fridge, the towering football player finds himself in the tiny body of Franklin “Moose” Finbar (Kevin Hart) and keeps asking where his other two feet in height has gone.

Martha, the bookworm, finds herself in the badass body of Ruby Roundhouse (Karen Gilhan), shocked to see how little she is wearing in the jungle. Bethany finds herself in the fat and middle-aged body of Professor Shelly Oberon (played brilliantly by Jack Black).

Nod to Robin Williams, star of the original ‘Jumanji’

As reported by Blasting News, Black had recently spoken in a phone interview with the Hollywood Reporter about the upcoming “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” Black made the announcement that Williams, the lead in the original “Jumanji” film, would be getting a nod in the new movie in the way of a tribute to the late comedian and actor.

It turns out Williams’ character, Parrish, will have left clues for our brave quartet of teens to follow. There was talking of a jungle house, built by Parrish, from which Williams’ character will help the four players, without actually being there. This is, of course, a touching tribute to the comedian and will no doubt add to the comedy and charm of the “Jumanji” sequel, which releases in cinemas this coming Christmas.

Enjoy the theatrical trailer included below.

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