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Dwayne Johnson Gives Exciting First Look at His 'Jumanji' Character: 'This Is Gonna Be Fun'

by Zach Seemayer 6:50 PM PDT, September 01, 2016
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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Jumanji sequel is still a long way off, but the action superstar is already getting fans excited with some pretty epic concept art.

The Fast and Furious star took to Instagram on Thursday to debut a tentative look at his character, the "smoldering" Dr. Bravestone -- who appears to be an Indiana Jones-esque explorer.

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Johnson poked fun at the artistic rendering in the caption, writing, "not sure where my pecs went," but the star seemed really excited about the upcoming project.

"This is gonna be fun," Johnson wrote. "Can't wait to 'play the game that plays you.'"

In director Jake Kasdan's continuation of the original Jumanji, released in 1995, Johnson is set to take on the infamous board game alongside his Central Intelligence co-star Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Doctor Who's Karen Gillan and Nick Jonas.

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Not much is known about the film's plot yet, but Johnson has already assured fans that he will work hard to honor the memory of Robin Williams, who starred in the beloved original.

"The love and respect I have for this man is boundless," Johnson wrote in a touching Instagram post back in May. "You have my word, we will honor his name and the character of Alan Parrish will stand alone and be forever immortalized in the world of Jumanji in an earnest and cool way. I have an idea of what to do and I think his family will be proud."

And the #JUMANJI magic begins. Excellent meeting with our director Jake Kasdan, producer Matt Tolmach, and our @SevenBucksProd team to work on our new re-imagining of this amazing story. I felt like in order to craft something cool we should begin where it all started. Award winning writer Chris Van Allsburg's source material of JUMANJI. Chris also wrote THE POLAR EXPRESS (later adapted by Robert Zemeckis and Tom Hanks) and has a very special & magical way of storytelling. I'm feelin' good and confident stepping into these shoes as a producer as well as actor to bring you something great that you and your entire fam can enjoy. An important thing that I want to be honest and bring up is Robin Williams. The love and respect I have for this man is boundless. You have my word, we will honor his name and the character of "Alan Parrish" will stand alone and be forever immortalized in the world of JUMANJI in an earnest and cool way. I have an idea of what to do and I think his family will be proud. I also think Robin is somewhere lookin' down and laughing, remembering the first time we met backstage and I (for the first time ever) was a star struck bumbling idiot that couldn't even get my words out. Idiot. He literally calmed me down w/ that smile and laugh. But that's for another fun story down the road. We got a great team assembled already over at our home base of SONY and now we build from here. Here's another fun part... in the original movie there were three big roles. In our new story there's now FIVE. Been so damn cool to see all my actor buddies push their projects aside so hopefully they can come play in our world. Should have cool casting announcements this week. Will keep you posted. #TheMagicBegins #JustPressStart #JUMANJI

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The Jumanji sequel is yet another in a long line of massive blockbusters starring the former professional wrestler, who recently landed at the top of Forbes' list of the world's highest-paid actor.

Check out the video below to see just how much money The Rock raked in over the last year, and how other stars stack up against him when it comes to their annual earnings.

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