Back on Wednesday (March 14), Karen (alongside co-star Nick Jonas and director Jake Kasdan) attended the ‘Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle’ Special Screening in Tokyo. Karen looked adorable in Christopher Kane Pre-Fall 2018. High-quality images were added to our gallery.
Earlier this week, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” became available on selected platforms such as iTunes and Amazon. Overall, the movie is hilarious and Karen is amazing as Martha/Ruby Roundhouse— I really recommend it to anyone who hasn’t seen it already.
“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” tells the story of four teenagers who are sucked into a magical video game, and the only way they can escape is to work together to finish the game. I have updated our gallery with over 1,600 Blu-Ray quality screen captures, so be sure to check them out.
Deadline — After Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle gave Star Wars: The Last Jedi a run for its money in December and has become the highest grossing non-Spider-Man hit that Sony Pictures has generated in forever, the studio has started the process toward the inevitable next installment. Sony Pictures is in talks with Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner to write a sequel that will reunite Dwayne Johnson with Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan and the rest of the ensemble.
Matt Tolmach is back producing along with the Seven Bucks Production team of Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia. Though the film’s start date hasn’t been determined, Welcome to the Jungle director Jake Kasdan is expected back as he, Rosenberg and Pinkner come up with the sequel. The sequel has grossed $857 million globally on around a $100 million budget.
Rosenberg and Pinkner are repped by WME and they both wrote for Sony on Venom, the Ruben Fleischer-directed Spidey spinoff that stars Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams. The duo were last writers on Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, a script that had earlier work by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers.
Earlier today (January 4), Karen, Dwayne Johnson and director Jake Kasdan all attended the “Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle” Beijing Premiere, which was followed by a Q&A. She was wearing a beautiful sparkling Prada gown. Thank you Elle (www.joe-keery.com) for sending some of these our way.
WWD — “I just realized that I timed this really badly…so at some point, room service is going to arrive during this interview.” Karen Gillan is on the phone from her hotel room in Atlanta, where she is living while she shoots the new “Avengers” movie. On the menu? “Some poached eggs, some sausages,” she says. “I’ve got some serious breakfast vibes going on.”
The Scottish actress stars in the remake of the 1995 classic “Jumanji” film, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” out Dec. 20, which means much of her life is on the road for press at the moment. “I almost dropped everything in hands because I am the biggest fan of the original ever,” she says of when she first learned of the remake. “It’s in my top three films of all time. And I was instantly terrified and then protective over it. It is its own movie in its own right and it pays enough homage to the original, but it’s going to keep fans of the original happy, I think — it certainly did for me. And then — oh here’s the room service — one sec…”
The “Jumanji” project has garnered attention for months, and when an early still of Gillan in a rather miniscule costume emerged online it was met with backlash and accusations of sexism. “I think gender equality is very much at the forefront of our conversation right now and that makes me really happy, so it’s good that people are talking about it,” the actress says in response. “Then along comes this photo where all the men are covered and then the girl is like scantily clad, of course it’s going to…when you look at it out of context, it’s sort of ridiculous. So I’m not surprised by people’s’ reaction at all actually.” But, she promises, the short shorts are not without their purpose. “We’re actually aware of that trope and we’re sort of making fun of it,” she says. “And my character is so unhappy about it. But yeah, it’s not necessarily a negative thing that people are talking about it — it gets to reinforce it.”
In the meantime, Gillan is focusing her efforts on writing and directing, and just finished her film “The Party’s Just Beginning,” following a young woman coping with the suicide of her best friend, set in her hometown in Scotland. “I read a statistic that the suicide rate in the Highlands of Scotland is higher than anywhere else in Scotland,” Gillan explains. “It just instantly struck me as strange because I grew up there and it is so beautiful. It’s constantly voted the best place to live in the U.K. It’s idyllic and picturesque and I was just like ‘why is this weird thing happening here of all places?’ I wanted to explore that, so I did that in the film.” Acting is fun and all, but directing is where she sees her career moving. “I feel like it’s just exactly what I should be doing,” she says. “I feel totally stimulated by it.” But first, breakfast.