Filming of the Jumanji sequel has officially kicked off and here’s your first look at the follow-up to the 1995 hit flick!
Kevin Hart shared a photo on Instagram on Tuesday, showing him alongside co-stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jack Black and Karen Gillan in Honolulu, Hawaii.
“Day 1 of shooting ‘Jumanji’ is officially in the can. We had a amazing first day,” wrote the 37-year-old actor. “The chemistry & energy of our cast & crew was beyond amazing!!!! This movie is going to be dope as hell... Can't wait to get back to work tomorrow @therock@karengillanofficial & jack black!!! #Jumanji”
The shoot commenced after Johnson had the production blessed by a Hawaiian priest last week in a ceremony intended to bring good luck to the film. The Ballers star shared footage of the “extremely powerful” moment on Instagram.
Before we embark our #JUMANJI journey here in Hawaii, we gathered our entire cast (here with me are Jack Black, Kevin Hart, our director Jake Kasdan and Karen Gillian) and crew together as our Hawaiian Kahu (priest) Cordell Keka blesses our film with powerful aloha spirit of laughter, enjoyment and love. I often talk about mana (spirit) with you guys and the mana in this room/in this moment was extremely powerful - it can take your breath away and give you goosebumps like crazy. (I was low key ready to run thru a wall in this moment;). Our Kahu eloquently spoke and reminded us that even though our faces are the ones on screen, it takes an AMAZING CREW OF EVERYONE to make this movie work. And when we get tired from long work hours to always remember the joy, laughter and fun our movie will bring to families around the world. So simple, but such a great reminder to keep that perspective of bringing joy and fun to families. Very cool. Thank you Kahu Cordell Keka for this powerful blessing, thank you Hawaii - proud to be back home and THANK YOU in advance to our hard working crew. #JUMANJI #OurHawaiianBlessing #Mana #LetsShoot
EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: Concept art of my #JUMANJI character. "The Smoldering" Dr. Bravestone. (not sure where my pecs went;). This is gonna be fun.. Me, @kevinhart4real, Jack Black, @NickJonas and the Ginger Assassin @karengillanofficial can't wait to "play the game that plays you". #JUMANJI #DrBravestone #KingOfTheSmolder #TheAdventureContinues 💀 * JUMANJI Costume Designer Laura Jean Shannon
Johnson has previously stated that the film, directed by Jake Kasdan, is a continuation rather than a remake of the '90s classic, which starred the late Robin Williams.
The 44-year-old actor has also vowed to honor Williams and his beloved character in the film, slated to hit theaters next July.
"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,” he wrote on Instagram in May.
See more on Johnson and Hart’s pairing in the video below.