Awkwafina is confirmed to star in the Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sequel. The crossover comedic actress and rapper will join returning cast members Dewayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Nick Jonas, and Karen Gillan in an unannounced, but apparently significant, role.
The casting adds to Awkwafina’s fast-growing list of credits—just for 2019 alone. She is working with an all-female writing room to create a 10-episode, half-hour series for Comedy Central, simply titled Awkwafina. The show will feature her father and grandmother and take place where she was raised—near Queens Boulevard in New York City.
The Crazy Rich Asians star received great reviews for her performance in The Farewell earlier this year. That film revolves around a Chinese-American woman planning a wedding while dealing with her grandmother’s terminal illness. In a change of pace, Awkwafina also appears in the 2019 sci-fi fantasy drama film Paradise Hills. She also stars in Jordan Peele’s YouTube series Weird City.
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Last year was a busy one for the young star, too. Awkwafina starred in the female-driven film Ocean’s 8, hosted Saturday Night Live, and released a new hip-hop album, In Fina We Trust. The fashionable, breakout star from Crazy Rich Asians earned a SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
Awkwafina will hopefully bring her trademark high energy and wit to the Jumanji sequel about a video game that transports teen players to a magical world. Not much is known about the sequel’s plot at this moment. The four teens from the 2017 movie will also return. In addition to Awkwafina, Danny DeVito and Danny Glover will join the teens on their adventure. The 2017 Jumanji installment had a huge global appeal and was the fifth highest-earning film that year—with global gross earnings approaching a billion dollars.
The 2017 Jumanji film was the second installment of the franchise originally based on the 1981 children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg and the corresponding board game. The original installment debuted in 1995 starring Robin Williams.
Filming for the third installment of the film will occur in Hawaii and Atlanta through April. Jake Kasdan returns as the film’s director. Kasdan wrote the film along with Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. The film is scheduled for a December 13 release.
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