Actor Dwayne Johnson arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'San Andreas' at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on May 26, 2015 in Hollywood, California.
Actor Dwayne Johnson arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'San Andreas' at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on May 26, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Gregg DeGuire/WireImage

The Rock Pledges to Honor Robin Williams in the Jumanji Reboot

May 10, 2016

Following a Tuesday meeting regarding the Jumanji reboot, Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a. The Rock, took to Instagram to promise fans that his retelling of the beloved story will honor Robin Williams, who played Alan Parrish in the 1995 version of the film.

The 44-year-old actor shared this message in the caption of a photo of himself holding a copy of the Chris Van Allsburg book on which the movie is based. "An important thing that I want to be honest and bring up is Robin Williams," he wrote. "The love and respect I have for this man is boundless. You have my word, we will honor his name and the character of 'Alan Parrish' will stand alone and be forever immortalized in the world of JUMANJI in an earnest and cool way."

And the #JUMANJI magic begins. Excellent meeting with our director Jake Kasdan, producer Matt Tolmach, and our @SevenBucksProd team to work on our new re-imagining of this amazing story. I felt like in order to craft something cool we should begin where it all started. Award winning writer Chris Van Allsburg's source material of JUMANJI. Chris also wrote THE POLAR EXPRESS (later adapted by Robert Zemeckis and Tom Hanks) and has a very special & magical way of storytelling. I'm feelin' good and confident stepping into these shoes as a producer as well as actor to bring you something great that you and your entire fam can enjoy. An important thing that I want to be honest and bring up is Robin Williams. The love and respect I have for this man is boundless. You have my word, we will honor his name and the character of "Alan Parrish" will stand alone and be forever immortalized in the world of JUMANJI in an earnest and cool way. I have an idea of what to do and I think his family will be proud. I also think Robin is somewhere lookin' down and laughing, remembering the first time we met backstage and I (for the first time ever) was a star struck bumbling idiot that couldn't even get my words out. Idiot. He literally calmed me down w/ that smile and laugh. But that's for another fun story down the road. We got a great team assembled already over at our home base of SONY and now we build from here. Here's another fun part... in the original movie there were three big roles. In our new story there's now FIVE. Been so damn cool to see all my actor buddies push their projects aside so hopefully they can come play in our world. Should have cool casting announcements this week. Will keep you posted. #TheMagicBegins #JustPressStart #JUMANJI

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Johnson also revealed that news about who will be playing the five main roles in the upcoming remake will be announced later this week.

The new Jumanji is set to hit theaters July 28, 2017.

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