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Karen Gillan joins Sony's Jumanji continuation

Karen Gillan as Amy Pond

Story by Jack Foley

FORMER Doctor Who star Karen Gillan has joined the new Jumanji movie.

The Guardian of the Galaxy star will line up alongside Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart for the continuation, as well as Nick Jonas and Jack Black.

Rather than a reboot, as originally thought, the new film will follow up the 1995 fantasy-adventure film which starred the late Robin Williams, with Sex Tape‘s Jake Kasdan in the directing chair.

Principal photography is due to begin in Honolulu in August with a release date already set for July 28, 2017.

In an Instagram post, Johnson welcomed Gillan to the cast, writing: “This isn’t just any role, but in many ways the most important role of the movie. We had to find a girl. But not just any girl. A girl who has ‘Chutzpah.’”

He continued: “Guts, nerve and talent to stand her ground and hold her own against Nick’s cool rockstar ways, Jack’s relentless energy and genius, Kevin’s masterful timing and skills and the big, brown, bald tattooed guy who just simply stands there and oooooozes smoldering, captivating, sizzling, can’t take your eyes off this brilliant manly man.. never mind I got drunk on the ol’ DJ kool aid again.

“Ladies and gentlemen, I’m proud to announce a girl who’s playing the most important role in our movie – the talented, beautiful and down for a Scottish fight at any time, Ms @KarenGillanOfficial. And yes, this is the girl who is so bad ass she shaved her freaking head for Guardians of the Galaxy.

“We start production next month in Hawaii and as many of you already know, this isn’t a remake or reboot, but a continuation of the awesome Jumamji story we love. Jake “The Snake” Kasdan directing, Matt “OG” Tolmach producing. Yup, I give everyone nicknames. The adventure and fun continues… #JUMANJI #KarenGillan #RESPECT #GingerTough”

Gillan will next be seen reprising her role as an evil henchman with a father-complex in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy sequel, which is due out on May 5, 2017.

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