Known for his experience in any number of comedies, Black has made a mark on the mind of audiences in such noteworthy projects as Shallow Hal, Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny, Nacho Libre and the critically-acclaimed Tropic Thunder. This background will likely suit him well as he prepares to act in Jumanji, as the star of the original 1995 film, the late Robin Williams, had a similar background in comedy.
Of course, Black’s acting chops are hardly limited to irreverent slapstick comedies and raunchy satires. He played a major role in Peter Jackson‘s remake of King Kong, and earned a Golden Globe-nomination for his performance in Richard Linklater‘s Bernie, giving him a diverse range of previous experience to draw upon for Jumanji:
Bad Teacher and Sex Tape helmer Jake Kasdan will direct Jumanji from a screenplay by High Fidelity and Con Air scribe Scott Rosenberg with frequent Bad Robot executive producer Jeff Pinkner serving as a consultant. Matt Tolmach will produce the film, scheduled for a July 28, 2017 release. William Teitler is also producing with Ted Field. Mike Weber and Van Allsburg executive produce.
Directed by Joe Johnston, the 1995 big screen take on Jumanji stars the late Robin Williams opposite Bonnie Hunt, Kirsten Dunst, Bradley Pierce, Jonathan Hyde, Bebe Neuwirth, David Alan Grier and Patricia Clarkson.
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