Danny DeVito has joined the cast of the untitled sequel to Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.
DeVito joins leads Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart, along with returning cast members Jack Black and Karen Gillan. It was announced on Thursday that “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Ocean’s 8” star Awkwafina would be joining the cast.
DeVito will have a key role in the film, but his specific role is being kept under wraps, along with the storyline to the film.
Jake Kasdan is returning to direct the sequel, and he co-wrote the screenplay along with Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. Kasdan is also producing along with Matt Tolmach and Seven Bucks.
“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” which was released in 2017, brought in $962.1 million worldwide at the box office and was an updated take on the 1995 fantasy film starring Robin Williams, in which a group of four students are transported into the world of a jungle, adventure video game and take on the form of heroic avatars.
DeVito currently stars on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and will next be seen in Disney’s live-action reboot of “Dumbo.” He’ll follow that up with a voice role for “The One and Only Ivan,” which also comes from Disney and also happens to be about an elephant.
DeVito is represented by CAA.
Variety was first to report.