Dwayne Johnson Promises To “Respect” Robin Williams With ‘Jumanji’ Remake
Dwayne Johnson is starring in a remake of Jumanji, the classic 1995 action-adventure comedy starring Robin Williams as a man who spends more than 20 years trapped inside a magical board game. On Monday, Johnson expressed his gratitude for getting the opportunity to re-imagine the story, and promised the new film will honor and “respect” Williams’ legacy.
“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,” Johnson said on Instagram of the film, which is expected to begin filming later this summer. “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.”
Johnson went on to assure fans of the original, “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.” Johnson went on to admit that the first time he met Williams backstage at an event, he acted like “a star struck bumbling idiot that couldn’t even get my words out,” and hoped that “Robin is somewhere lookin’ down and laughing.”
Kevin Hart is also rumored to be co-starring in the Jumanji remake, however his participation has yet to be officially confirmed. But Johnson further revealed in his post that there will be “cool casting announcements this week.” Jumanji is scheduled to hit theaters July 28, 2017.