With “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” Dwayne Johnson & Co. not only succeeded in the entertaining revival of a cult film (with a new shoot), but also one of the most successful films of 2017 – which also started an entire franchise. Marvel star Tom Holland, who was originally scheduled for the adventure saga, is not part of this success story.
Even if you see the Marvel star in “Jumanji: Welcome to the jungle” on May 29, 2022 from 8:15 p.m. on RTL does not get to see, it is definitely worth tuning in for Johnson fans, fantasy enthusiasts and friends of classic adventure cinema.
We gave the nostalgic spectacle a solid 3 out of 5 stars in the DashFUN review. The 25-year-old shouldn’t care that Holland isn’t there after all, given his career, which has been going uphill since then – in the end it wasn’t because of the “Jumanji’ creators, but to the MCU star that a replacement had to be sought after he was already cast.
Holland was already part of the cast when he rebuffed the fantasy adventure. The reason: The shooting of the film overlapped with Holland’s shooting schedule for “Spider-Man: Homecoming”. It should come as no surprise to anyone that the decision ultimately fell in favor of his first long solo appearance as the friendly next-door spider. Above all, because his “Jumanji’ role would also have been relatively small.
The Marvel star was set to play McDonough, who has been stuck in the video game for many years. In the end, the role went to Nick Jonas, who also starred in 2019Jumanji: The Next Levelembodied. By the way: Holland and Jonas even stood in front of the camera together for the sci-fi dystopia “Chaos Walking”, which was finally released in 2021 after numerous postponements.
While in the first “Jumanji’ from 1995 was still a board game that came to life and wreaked havoc in the real world, two decades later it’s a video game that bridges reality.
In fact, humble Spencer (Alex Wolff), football player Anthony (Ser’Darius Blain), loner Martha (Morgan Turner) and the ever-stylish Bethany (Madison Iseman) were supposed to be in detention while cleaning up their school’s junk room. But then the teenagers discover a mysterious game console that they naturally want to try out immediately. And before they know it, they are fighting for life and death in a mysterious, mystical world.
Joining them as the kids’ video game avatars are Dwayne Johnson as the broad-shouldered adventurer who knows no bounds, Kevin Hart as the khaki-trousered zoologist, Karen Gillan as the tough Amazon, and Jack Black as the plump cartographer. And they will soon be embarking on their next adventure: “Jumanji 4” (counting the original with Robin Williams) is already in the works.
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Note: This is a re-release of an article previously published on DashFUN.