The ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ star is heading to the jungle.
Awkwafina is able to play video games.
The rapper-turned-actress, who did scene-stealing work in Crazy Rich Asians, is in ultimate negotiations to affix the all-star solid of Sony’s sequel to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.
The untitled function undertaking reunites the solid of the 2017 hit film that starred Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan. Jake Kasdan, who directed the function that made $962 million worldwide, is again to direct.
The sequel is predicated on the image ebook by Chris Van Allsburg and builds on the 1995 film adaptation, each which advised the story of a magical board sport during which wild jungle animals got here into the actual world.
The current film up to date the premise by making a online game the magical point of interest and transported 4 teenagers into its world, the place the youngsters then reworked into avatars portrayed by Johnson, Black, Hart and Gillan.
The plot for the brand new film is being stored below wraps as is Awkwafina’s character, though it’s described as “key” and “vital,” say sources.
The script is by Kasdan, Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner (the latter two labored on the earlier outing). Matt Tolmach is producing the function together with Johnson’s Seven Bucks banner and Kasdan.
Awkwafina, whose actual title is Nora Lum, had a breakout 2018, showing within the all-star Ocean’s 8 in addition to Crazy Rich Asians, the summer season phenomenon that grossed $174 million domestically and cemented her as one to look at. She additionally hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live final yr.
The new yr will proceed her momentum along with her starring in two indies that may premiere on the Sundance Film Festival in January, The Farewell and Paradise Hills. She can also be prepping an autobiographical TV collection, Awkwafina, for Comedy Central.
She is repped by UTA, Artists First, and lawyer Isaac Dunham of Schreck Rose.
This article initially appeared on THR.com.