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Jack Black Can't Even In New Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle Trailer

For two decades, it went untouched, but Jumanji always finds a way to make it back to the big screen. That's the message of the latest trailer for the upcoming sequel Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which will put Dwayne Johnson in Robin Williams' shoes as the latest victim of the magical game.

In the film, Johnson plays the video game avatar of the nerdy Spencer, who is transported into the world of the game while clearing out the school's basement as part of detention. (Yes, Jumanji is a video game now, if you didn't feel old already.) The rest of the characters include Fridge, a football player who ends up in the body of Kevin Hart; Martha, a shy girl who ends up as a scantily clad Karen Gillan; and Stephanie, a popular girl who is horrified to see she is now in the body of Jack Black. "I'm an overweight middle aged man," Black's Professor Shelly Oberon exclaims upon seeing his new look. "Wait a second, where's my phone?"

None of the characters seem to take very well to their video game personas. Johnson's Dr. Smolder Bravestone is a far cry from Spencer's small real-life self, and he has to remind himself not to cry while dealing with his crazy new situation. He soon realizes that they each have three lives in the game, lives they'll have to protect against a host of very scary, very video game-esque obstacles.

As they all learn, they each have their own set of special strengths and weaknesses. For example, Bravestone is skilled at climbing, speed, and, of course, smoldering intensity. As for weaknesses, he has none. Rock's Franklin "Moose" Finbar, meanwhile, is skilled at toting around Bravestone's weapons for him; he also has a pretty explosive weakness for cake. 

With their disparate skills, the group realizes they'll have to work together in order to escape. Along the way, they'll have some help from Nick Jonas, an apparent resident of the game who teaches them how to escape some of its most "gnarly" obstacles. Although Black's character just "can't even with this place," the group as a whole seems to take well to it, dodging (almost) everything that comes their way.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is directed by Jake Kasdan (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) based on a script from Scott Rosenberg (High Fidelity). Bobby Canavale, Ser'Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, Alex Wolff, and Morgan Turner also star. The movie is set for a Dec. 20, 2017 release; while we wait, see Gillan's skimpy Jumanji outfit and some other controversial movie costumes explained.