Kiwi funnyman Rhys Darby is the newest addition to the starry big budget reboot of Jumanji.
Shooting has begun in Hawaii on the fantasy flick, which is being directed by Jake Kasdan and stars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Black, Jack Black and Karen Gillan (all pictured below in a recent Instagram snap from the Rock).
EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: #JUMANJI Our dope 90’s vintage costumes will all make sense when our plot’s revealed. Truuuuuust me???. The journey continues.. “Moose Finbar” (Kevin Hart). “Ruby Roundhouse” (Karen Gillan). “Professor Shelly Oberon” (Jack Black). “Dr. Smolder Bravestone” ’cause well.. he smolders. Hard workin’ and FUN first day of shooting in the jungle with this talented and crazy motley crew. Jack is brilliant, Karen is bad assery, Kevin is sharply hilarious and I smell good. Extremely hard trying to keep a straight face in these scenes. Too funny. We’re makin’ a good one. More to come.. #JUMANJI #WishFulfillment #TheGameThatPlaysYou
According to Deadline, Darby has now also signed on for the movie, although no word yet on what role he will be playing. The new Jumanji will reportedly be a “continuation” of the 1995 blockbuster, which starred Robin Williams.
The New Zealand star was most recently seen in the Hunt For The Wilderpeople, which has just been released on DVD and Blu-ray.
Next month will also see the DVD debut of his six part TV comedy Short Poppies, a mockumentary about the various oddball inhabitants of a small NZ town. Darby plays all the featured characters, while guest stars include his Wilderpeople pal Neill, British comic Stephen Merchant and Star Trek‘s Karl Urban. Real-life journalist David Farrier, whose acclaimed documentary Tickled premiered at the Sydney Film Festival, plays the bemused interviewer.