The next Jumanji movie, sub-titled The Next Level, received its first trailer today. The call of Jumanji is inexorable and irresistible. Us '90s kids already knew this. We all tried to warn you. Now we've got Danny DeVito trapped inside The Rock's body.
No, that didn't make a lot of sense without context. Let's rewind and apply some, then. The Next Level is a direct follow-up to 2017's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. The original gang, now all older (jury's out on "wiser") have to return to the game when they discover Spencer's been drawn back in for reasons that aren't clear.
Turns out everyone's in-game roles are a bit scrambled, though. Martha is still Ruby Roundhouse, but Professor Oberon—the character played by Jack Black—is occupied by Fridge. But Doctor Smoulder Bravestone (played by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) gets the best deal this time around: His body is occupied by none other than Spencer's grandfather, played by Danny DeVito. Unsurprisingly, the short clips we see of Rock aping DeVito are already hilarious ("I have one important question: Who is Ju-maaanji?"). We didn't get DeVito in Detective Pikachu, but at least he's getting his shot at another video game movie (Well, sort of. The Next Level is technically a movie about a game, but it's not a game movie).
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle surprised everyone (including Sony Pictures, probably) when it made $962,126,927 worldwide against a $90 million budget. Seems everyone needed a funny pick-me-up after Star Wars: The Last Jedi made us all depressed as hell. And it looks like The Next Level is set to enter a mutually beneficial partnership with Star Wars once again: The film's coming out around Christmas, the same time as The Rise of Skywalker.