NME Festival blog: Awkwafina in talks to join cast of ‘Jumanji 2’

2019 looks to be another busy year for the ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ star

Awkwafina is reportedly in discussions to star in the next Jumanji film.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Crazy Rich Asians star is in final negotiations to join Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart in the upcoming sequel to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

The as-yet-untitled film, which also stars Jack Black and Karen Gillan, follows on from the 2017 film that raked in $962 million worldwide.

'Jumanji' trailer

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

The sequel is based on the picture book by Chris Van Allsburg. It takes cues from the 1995 movie adaptation, starring Robin Williams, in which a magical board game brings wild jungle animals to life.

Awkwafina’s role is unknown, although sources told The Hollywood Reporter that the character is “key” and “significant”.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle updated the Jumanji premise by using a video game instead of a board game. Four teens are transported into its world who are then portrayed using avatars played by Johnson, Black, Hart and Gillan.

American rapper-turned-actress Awkwafina, whose real name is Nora Lum, had a busy 2018 with roles in Oceans 8 and Crazy Rich Asians. She also hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live.

The actress is working on an autobiographical TV series, Awkwafina, for Comedy Central and is in two films being released year – The Farewell and Paradise Hills – which will premiere at this month’s Sundance Film Festival.


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