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Dwayne Johnson Vows to Honor Robin Williams in 'Jumanji' Reboot

by Leena Tailor 8:30 PM PDT, May 09, 2016
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As he prepares to produce and act in a reboot of Jumanji, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has vowed to honor the original film's beloved star, the late Robin Williams.

"The love and respect I have for this man is boundless," Johnson wrote in a touching Instagram post. "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."

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Johnson and his production company, Seven Bucks Productions, are working with director Jake Kasdan on the remake of the 1995 classic, in which Williams played one of his most memorable characters – a man trapped in a board game for 26 years.

Williams died at the age of 63 in 2014, but Johnson believes the Hollywood icon would give his blessing to the remake.

"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 starstruck bumbling idiot that couldn't even get my words out. Idiot," the Ballers and Baywatch star continued. "He literally calmed me down with that smile and laugh."

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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Due to commence filming in the fall, the 44-year-old Johnson teased that "cool casting announcements" should follow later this week.

"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," he wrote.

Find out about Johnson’s other upcoming remake – the Baywatch movie – in the video below.

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