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Dwayne Johnson Planning Robin Williams Jumanji Tribute

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has vowed the new Jumanji film will pay tribute to the late Robin Williams.

The wrestler turned actor, 44, is set to star in a new version of the beloved 1995 film about a boy who gets trapped in a magical board game.

In the original movie Robin, who died aged 63 in 2014, played the adult Alan Parrish, who as a child was locked inside the titular game for 26 years.

After meeting with the production team behind the new Jumanji film and its director Jake Kasdan, Dwayne confirmed its story will reference Robin's character and pay tribute to the late star.

And the #JUMANJI magic begins. Excellent meeting with our director Jake Kasdan, producer Matt Tolmach, and our @SevenBucksProd team to work on our new re-imagining of this amazing story. I felt like in order to craft something cool we should begin where it all started. Award winning writer Chris Van Allsburg's source material of JUMANJI. Chris also wrote THE POLAR EXPRESS (later adapted by Robert Zemeckis and Tom Hanks) and has a very special & magical way of storytelling.  I'm feelin' good and confident stepping into these shoes as a producer as well as actor to bring you something great that you and your entire fam can enjoy. An important thing that I want to be honest and bring up is Robin Williams. 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" will stand alone and be forever immortalized in the world of JUMANJI in an earnest and cool way. I have an idea of what to do and I think his family will be proud. 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 that couldn't even get my words out. Idiot. He literally calmed me down w/ that smile and laugh. But that's for another fun story down the road. We got a great team assembled already over at our home base of SONY and now we build from here. Here's another fun part... in the original movie there were three big roles. In our new story there's now FIVE. Been so damn cool to see all my actor buddies push their projects aside so hopefully they can come play in our world. Should have cool casting announcements this week. Will keep you posted. #TheMagicBegins #JustPressStart #JUMANJI

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"An important thing that I want to be honest and bring up is Robin Williams," he wrote on Instagram. "The love and respect I have for this man is boundless. You have my word, we will honour his name and the character of ‘Alan Parrish' will stand alone and be forever immortalized in the world of Jumanji in an earnest and cool way."

In his emotional post, the muscle-bound star went on to write about his first meeting with the funnyman and divulged his hope that Robin's family would be happy with the new movie.

"I have an idea of what to do and I think his family will be proud," he added. "I also think Robin is somewhere lookin' (sic) down and laughing, remembering the first time we met backstage and I (for the first time ever) was a star struck bumbling idiot that couldn't even get my words out...He literally calmed me down w/ (with) that smile and laugh. But that's for another fun story down the road."

The original Jumanji film also starred Kirsten Dunst, Bonnie Hunt and Bradley Pierce as characters who teamed up with Alan to take on the games' perils including man-eating plants, vicious monkeys and a sadistic hunter.

Dwayne explains the new version will see even more unfortunates take on the dangerous game, and promised casting announcements later this week

"Here's another fun part... in the original movie there were three big roles," he explains. "In our new story there's now FIVE. Been so damn cool to see all my actor buddies push their projects aside so hopefully they can come play in our world. Should have cool casting announcements this week. Will keep you posted."

Spider-Man star Tom Holland and comedian Kevin Hart are rumoured to be taking roles in the Jumanji reboot, which is currently scheduled for release in July 2017

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