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Jumanji 3: Everything you need to know

Digital Spy (UK) logo Digital Spy (UK) 03/05/2018 Hugh Armitage

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle became a mega hit when it arrived in December 2017.

Earning $884 million (and counting) on a $100 million budget, it's absolutely no surprise that the sequel/reboot of the 1995 kids classic – which is already one of Sony's most successful releases – is getting a follow-up.

It's early days in the film's development, but here's everything we know about the third Jumanji film, or, if you will, the second Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle film.

Jumanji 3 cast: Who's in it?

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The latest report is that Sony Pictures is working to get back much of the cast and filmmaking team for the sequel.

Dwayne Johnson has confirmed that he's signed up for the sequel.

Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan expected to return too, and have already been offering their ideas for the next instalment. Deadline added that "the rest of the ensemble" are also expected to reprise their roles, which could mean anyone including Alex Wolff, Madison Iseman, Ser'Darius Blain, Morgan Turner, Nick Jonas, Colin Hanks, Marc Evan Jackson, Maribeth Monroe, Missi Pyle and Bobby Cannavale.

Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner are in talks to return to write the sequel, along with director Jake Kasdan – who has been working with the writers on the idea for Jumanji 3 – and producer Matt Tolmach.

Jumanji 3 plot: What's going to happen?

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Remarkably for a modern movie, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle did not introduce any obvious setup for a sequel – let alone a ten-part franchise with prequel spin-offs – so there are no dangling threads that need resolving.

The film actually ended with the four friends destroying the Jumanji video game to stop anyone else becoming trapped in the jungle world. Of course, we're not as naïve as the kids are so as to believe that this could possibly be the end of Jumanji.

A sequel will have to start by explaining how the game remakes itself – and perhaps the form it will be taking next. Beyond that, this does seem like a good opportunity to reveal what Jumanji really is, where it came from and what sort of horrendous person wanted to create it in the first place.

The way Welcome to the Jungle ended does imply that Nick Jonas/Colin Hanks are less likely to be back as Alex/ Jefferson 'Seaplane' McDonough, but the wacky rules (such as they are) of Jumanji means that it wouldn't be too hard to squeeze them into the next story.

They'll want to get Jonas back to record the new theme with Jack Black, after all...

Jumanji 3 release date: when's it coming?

The film will be released in December 2019.

That puts it up against another Star Wars movie (Episode 9 this time), which seems bold but worked out ok in 2017.

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