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Jack Black joins 'Jumanji' remake

By Marilyn Malara
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Jack Black joins 'Jumanji' remake
Jack Black will join Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Kevin Hart in the upcoming remake of "Jumanji" from Sony. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, May 12 (UPI) -- Black Jack is the latest star to sign on to Sony's Jumanji re-make, joining Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Kevin Hart.

Johnson announced the news on Instagram Wednesday, calling Black "an ol' friend" and "brilliant actor."

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"In our reimagining of the story of JUMANJI, Jack brings that rare balance of cool with funny and edge with childlike joy. The 'Jumanji Breakfast Club' is coming together.. myself, Jack (mf'n) Black and Kevin Hart," Johnson wrote.

He also revealed that actors playing two other major roles, one for a man and another for a woman, are yet to be revealed. "This is gonna be fun," the Rock added.

The reveal comes shortly after Johnson assured fans the new Jumanji will honor the late Robin Williams, who starred in the original 1995 film.

"An important thing that I want to be honest and bring up is Robin Williams," he wrote on Instagram earlier this week. "The love and respect I have for this man is boundless. You have my word, we will honor his name and the character of Alan Parrish."

"I have an idea of what to do and I think his family will be proud," the star added. "I also think Robin is somewhere lookin' down and laughing, remembering the first time we met backstage and I (for the first time ever) was a star struck bumbling idiot."

News of the Jumanji reboot first made headlines in early August and was planned for a Christmas 2016 release date.

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