Danny DeVito (upcoming Dumbo, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) has joined the cast of Sony Pictures’ sequel to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, according to Variety. The casting news comes just a day after it was announced that rapper/actress Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians, Ocean’s 8) is also on board.
Danny DeVito will be joining the returning cast, including Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan. His character details are being kept under wraps.
“The magic of ‘Jumanji’ is who becomes who. And the idea of Danny DeVito joining our cast was too irresistible and something we knew we wanted to deliver to our audience this upcoming Christmas. Dwanta Claus loves everyone,” Johnson told the trade.
Jake Kasdan, who directed the 2017 release that grossed $962.1 million worldwide, is also back to direct. The sequel’s script is by Kasdan, Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. Matt Tolmach is producing the feature along with Johnson’s Seven Bucks and Kasdan.
The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sequel has been set for a December 13, 2019 release.