Matte Babel caught up with “Jumanji” stars Karen Gillan, Jack Black, and Nick Jonas to talk about remaking the classic and why Nick’s character is shrouded in secrecy.
“There’s a reason there’s not a lot of information,” Jack Black says. “It’s a minefield of spoiler alerts.”
The 47-year-old actor did give us a”great” description of Nick’s character. “I would say he’s courageous, he’s heroic …he’s dashing. I would say he’s misunderstood. I would say a lot of things that are general things that don’t say much.”
Now, Jack might not have wanted to say much, but he sure did want to “sing” the praises of his co-star’s character.
“I’m Seaplane McDonnough (sp?)… swooping in tight, save the dayyyyyy,” Black sang, before tackling the theme song alongside Jonas and Gillan. Watch below.
There are two things we can take from this: a) It seems Nick’s character is called “Seaplane,” also seen in this selfie from set.
And b) There was no shortage of fun on the set.
When she wasn’t singing along with her co-stars, Karen Gillan spoke out about the fan furor over her tiny outfit.
Vindicated, reason behind her outfit was revealed, along with the “twist” for the remake when CinemaCon audiences were treated to a teaser.
Apparently “Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle” is going digital!
The remake is trading the classic board game for a video game version, which features the lead foursome as avatars. When four high school students are ordered to clean out the basement of their school during detention, they find an old video game console and get sucked into the world of “Jumanji”.
Movieweb reports that each student is assigned an avatar. The nerd ends up with Dwayne Johnson, the popular girl becomes Jack Black and the other two are cast as Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan. Since the video game comes from the ’90s era of game play, the reason behind Gillan’s outfit is revealed to have taken its inspiration from one of the most iconic female game characters out there: Lara Croft.
Gillan teased the reason behind her outfit on the red carpet ahead of the screening, telling Matte, “We reference it quite a lot and the character is just not happy at the fact that she has to wear something so exposing compared to everyone else.”
“[‘Jumanji’]’s one of my top three films of all time, so when I knew I was going to be a part of it, I think that sort of blew my mind,” she said, adding, “It was cool to continue the story; I think we’ve done something really great with it.”