Today in extremely bittersweet news, it looks like Robin Williams will play a role in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.
Williams starred in the 1995 original film, Jumanji, as man trapped inside a children’s board game. So, it’s really only fitting that he play a part in the story’s next installment.
Jack Black — who stars alongside Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, and Nick Jonas in the film — told The Hollywood Reporter that the audience won’t actually be able to see Williams, but there will be an important tribute to the actor.
Black also had words of reassurance for fans of the original film, who might not be so keen on the idea of a sequel.
“Robin would be proud,” he told TMZ. “I love Robin in Jumanji, the original, so we had big shoes to fill. But I think we did a good job.”
Johnson seconded that sentiment, taking to Instagram to express his admiration for Williams — and dedication to paying tribute to the late comedian.
One thing is definitely for certain: Bringing tissues to the theater will be an absolute necessity.