Dwayne Johnson is everywhere at the moment. Not content with executive producing UK box office hit Fighting With My Family (in which he cameos), he's also busy teasing Fast & Furious spin-off movie Hobbs & Shaw, in which he stars alongside Jason Statham. (The movie is released on 2nd August.)
In-between all these massive movie projects (he's also got Disney's Jungle Cruise with Emily Blunt on the go), he's found time to begin production on Jumanji 3. In fact, co-star Karen Gillan has tweeted the first shot from the set, in which she and Johnson appear alongside returning cast members Jack Black and Kevin Hart.
Jumanji 3 picks up from surprise 2017 hit Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, itself a sequel to the 1995 Robin Williams adventure. When a group of misfit teens are transported into the world of the eponymous video-game, they find themselves replaced with avatars who have to fight their way through the dangerous jungle world to the final level.
The film's set-up allowed for plenty of amusing performances. Chief among them was Johnson as Dr Smoulder Bravestone, embodying a dorky teen encased inside an impossibly buff body. Equally hilarious was Black as Dr Shelly Byron, an Instagram-obsessed girl locked in the body of an "overweight, middle-aged man". Then there was Gillan as implausibly-attired yet kick-ass dance-fighting champion Ruby Roundhouse (in reality a bookish girl) and Hart as Bravestone's valet Franklin 'Mouse' Finbar (actually an all-star athlete).
The movie became distributor Sony's biggest-ever hit in America, and grossed more than $900 million worldwide. With the assembled cast members back for Jumanji 3 (as yet untitled) under the direction of returning film-maker Jake Kasdan, expectations are high. And Gillan's cryptic tweet, alluding to the all-important rhymes located within the Jumanji universe, has got us wondering: what does her reference to "things are not as they seem" actually mean?
No doubt we'll find out in due course. The ensemble are joined by new faces Danny DeVito, Awkwafina and Danny Glover, and the movie is scheduled for release on 13th December. Keep your eyes peeled on the blog for the breakdown of the first trailer.