Actress-rapper Awkwafina is in final negotiations to join Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan in the sequel to Sony’s 2017 blockbuster Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which has Jake Kasdan returning as director.
The Jumanji reboot became one of Sony’s top-earning films, grossing $943M at the global box office, saecond only to Skyfall’s $1.1 billion.
No word on who Awkwafina is playing, though the role is said to be significant. Plot details for the next installment also are being kept under wraps. Kasdan, Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner wrote the script, while Matt Tolmach, Seven Bucks and Kasdan are once again producing the film, slated to hit theaters in December.
Awkwafina, who first gained popularity from her music videos on YouTube, made a splash last year with her performances in Ocean’s 8 and Crazy Rich Asians. Up next, she can be seen in The Farewell and Paradise Hills, both of which are premiering at Sundance this month. In addition, Comedy Central recently gave a series order to Awkwafina, an eponymous half-hour scripted comedy she will produce and star in.
Awkwafina is repped by Artists First, UTA and lawyer Isaac Dunham.