Let’s hear it for Amy Pond. Doctor Who‘s Karen Gillan continues to conquer Hollywood with a parade of high-profile roles, from Guardians of the Galaxy to the Tom Hanks–Emma Watson drama The Circle, and she’s landed another big one today. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson took to his Instagram account to announce that the Scottish-born actress will co-star with him, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Nick Jonas in the upcoming Jumanji film, directed by Jake Kasdan (Bad Teacher).
The Rock really sang Gillan’s praises in his highly popular Instagram post. He wrote that they “searched far and wide” for the right person to fill the role, which he describes as “the most important in the film.” He added that he needed an actress with “chutzpah, guts, nerve, and talent” to hold her own with the testosterone-filled cast.
Sounds like they found the right woman, doesn’t it, Doctor Who fans?
After all, Gillan had to fiercely stand up to the Doctor as well as face a mind-boggling assortment of monsters during her tenure as companion Amy Pond on Doctor Who. Going toe-to-toe with the Rock and Jack Black should be a piece of cake.
Deadline reports that Gillan will play the role of Martha (!), a part that was highly coveted among young actresses in Hollywood. Gillan “meshed best with the cast and won out.” The latest Jumanji film is said to be a continuation of the 1995 blockbuster starring Robin Williams. Filming starts in Honolulu next month with July 28, 2017 eyed as the release date.
Here’s the Rock’s full Instagram announcement, accompanied by a smokin’ hot photo of Karen:
Between myself, @kevinhart4real Jack Black and @NickJonas we've searched far and wide to find the one person to complete our #JUMANJI family. This isn't just any role, but in many ways the most important role of the movie. We had to find a girl. But not just any girl. A girl who has "Chutzpah". Guts, nerve and talent to stand her ground and hold her own against Nick's cool rockstar ways, Jack's relentless energy and genius, Kevin's masterful timing and skills and the big, brown, bald tattooed guy who just simply stands there and oooooozes smoldering, captivating, sizzling, can't take your eyes off this brilliant manly man.. never mind I got drunk on the ol' DJ kool aid again. Ladies and gentlemen, I'm proud to announce a girl who's playing the most important role in our movie – the talented, beautiful and down for a Scottish fight at any time, Ms @KarenGillanOfficial. And yes, this is the girl who is so bad ass she shaved her freaking head for Guardians of the Galaxy. We start production next month in Hawaii and as many of you already know, this isn't a remake or reboot, but a continuation of the awesome JUMANJI story we love. Jake "The Snake" Kasdan directing, Matt "OG" Tolmach producing. Yup, I give everyone nicknames. The adventure and fun continues… #JUMANJI #KarenGillan #RESPECT #GingerTough
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