Jumanji: The Next Level is a new fantasy adventure comedy film directed by Jake Kasdan and written by Kasdan, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg. It is the second sequel to the 1995 film Jumanji, following 2017’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.
In the exciting new film, unknown to his friends, Spencer has kept the pieces of the Jumanji video game and one day he finished repairing the system in the basement of his grandfather’s house. When Spencer’s friends Bethany, Fridge, and Martha arrive, they find Spencer missing and the game running and decide they have to re-enter Jumanji in order to save him.
Spencer’s grandfather Eddie and his friend Milo Walker hear the commotion and investigate, and so they inadvertently get sucked into the game, too, all before any of Spencer’s friends can select their avatars. A new quest is offered to them by Nigel Billingsley, and so the teenaged friends must help Eddie and Milo get used to their in-game avatars, so they can get them to help find Spencer and Bethany, and thus maybe they can finally escape Jumanji once again and for all.
The cast stars new and returning actors. Dwayne Johnson is Dr. Smolder Bravestone, Eddie’s avatar (who was previously Spencer’s), a strong, confident archaeologist, explorer, and the leader of the team; Zachary Tzegaegbe portrays a young Smolder Bravestone.
Alex Wolff is Spencer Gilpin, a nerdy student at Brantford High School, who is Eddie’s grandson. His previous experience as Smolder Bravestone in Jumanji helped him cope with his anxiety and panphobia and to develop more prominent assertiveness. Spencer gets sucked into the game for a second time, and his friends, grandfather, and his grandfather’s friend follow with a plan to rescue him. Danny DeVito is Eddie Gilpin, Spencer’s cranky, but well-meaning grandfather and Danny Glover is Milo Walker, Eddie’s eccentric friend. Nick Jonas is Jefferson “Seaplane” McDonough: Spencer’s avatar (who was previously Alex’s); a young aircraft pilot.
Morgan Turner is Martha Kaply, a shy and cynical intellectual at Brantford High School. She and Spencer started a romantic relationship at the end of Welcome to the Jungle. Her experience as Ruby Roundhouse in Jumanji helped her learn to not be judgemental and more confident with herself. Karen Gillan is Ruby Roundhouse, Martha’s avatar, a commando with talents in martial arts.
Ser’Darius Blain is Anthony “Fridge” Johnson, a Brantford High School football jock who cares more about football than studying. He and Spencer, who were childhood friends, reconciled by the end of the previous film after years of disassociation. His experience as Franklin Finbar in Jumanji helped him learn to rely on others and his brain rather than brawn. Kevin Hart is Franklin “Mouse” Finbar, Milo’s avatar (who was previously Fridge’s), a diminutive zoologist, linguistic and weapons specialist.
Madison Iseman is Bethany Walker, a pretty, popular, egocentric, teenage girl at Brantford High School. Her first experience as Sheldon Oberon in Jumanji helped her learn to care more about others. Jack Black is Professor Sheldon “Shelly” Oberon, now Fridge’s new avatar, and soon, Bethany’s again, a paleontologist, archaeologist, cartographer, cryptographer, and geometric.
Awkwafina is Ming, a new avatar. Rhys Darby is Nigel Billingsley, the players’ main in-game NPC (Non-Player Character) guide. Colin Hanks is Alex Vreeke, a married man with children, who as a teenage gamer was trapped inside the Jumanji video game for many years until he was rescued and returned to his time period in the previous film. Vreeke survived by taking shelter in a home built by a previous player in the game, named Alan Parrish. Massi Furlan and Ashley Scott appear as Renaldo and Ashley, respectively, and Bebe Neuwirth reprises her role as Nora Shepherd, along with new characters played by Dania Ramirez and Rory McCann. The film is Rated PG-13 for adventure action, suggestive content and some language.