The upcoming sequel to 2017’s popular Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle may see its cast grow and include the rapper-turned-actress Awkwafina. According to Variety, Awkwafina, whose real name is Nora Lum, is in talks to appear in the sequel.
Awkwafina had a big year in 2018, having appeared in popular movies like Crazy Rich Asians and Ocean’s 8.
All the major stars of the 2017 Jumanji movie–Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan–are all expected to come back for the sequel. What’s more, director Jake Kasdan, who is the son of legendary Star Wars writer Lawrence Kasdan, is returning as well.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle made $962 million worldwide, making it the fifth highest-grossing film of 2017, and a sure candidate for a sequel. In June 2018, The Rock confirmed that the sequel was officially underway. He said at the time, perhaps jokingly, that Kevin Hart’s character will die in the first 15 seconds.
Plot details are under wraps for the Jumanji sequel, but The Rock teased that Kasdan gave a “dynamite pitch” for the plot. The film hits theatres in December 2019.
The Rock and Kasdan are also working together on a new Netflix movie called John Henry and the Statesman.