Exclusive: Brendan Fraser Cast In Jumanji Sequel, Role Revealed
We've learned Brendan Fraser has been added to the cast of the upcoming Jumanji 4 as Spencer Gilpin's father.
Fresh off his Oscar win from The Whale, the former star of The Mummy franchise doesn’t seem to have any plans to slow down. Our trusted and proven sources tell us Brendan Fraser has been cast in the upcoming Jumanji 4. They say Fraser will play Mr. Gilpin, father to Spencer Gilpin — the young college student played by Alex Wolff in the last two films, whose video game avatar is played by Dwayne Johnson.
This news comes shortly after Kevin Hart confirms he and Johnson have been discussing the future of Jumanji 4 — welcome news for fans of the franchise that has been quiet since 2019’s Jumanji: The Next Level. The third film in the series planted plenty of seeds for follow-ups, but until now there’s been little official word from any of the cast of the 21st century sequels. Some, like Jack Black, have even cast doubt on the possibility of returning to their roles.
Brendan Fraser’s recruitment to Jumanji 4 makes for another big Hollywood name to the already stacked casts that have graced the sequels. Since Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions helped revive the long-dormant Jumanji, the casts have enjoyed the presence of big names like Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Rhys Darby, Bobby Cannavale, Awkwafina, Danny Glover, Danny DeVito, and Colin Hanks. While he may not be Vin Diesel‘s biggest pal these days, like his old Fast & Furious co-star, Johnson clearly likes dialing up the game each sequel with more household names.
As for when we’ll all get to see Brendan Fraser in Jumanji 4, your guess is as good as ours. Much of that depends doubtless on Johnson and Seven Bucks Productions. As a glance at the star’s IMDb shows, even without Black Adam 2 on The Rock’s calendar, he continues to have one of the most demanding schedules in Hollywood with projects like Red Notice 2, Jungle Cruise 2, the historical epic The King, and the Big Trouble in Little China remake on the way.
The first Jumanji hit theaters in 1995, starring the late Robin Williams as well as a young Kirsten Dunst. The original film featured a board game come to life, and when Seven Bucks Productions resuscitated the story, the board game was traded for a video game. In 2017’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, four teenagers are pulled into the titular video game and their avatars are played by the more adult Johnson, Gillan, Black, and Hart.
Considering his recent Oscar win and his well-documented comeback, it’s a sure bet that Brendan Fraser’s casting to Jumanji 4 is just one of many high profile roles the Airheads star has coming his way. He’ll appear in Martin Scorsese’s crime drama Killers of the Flower Moon in May. It doesn’t have a firm release date yet, but he’ll also star alongside Josh Brolin and Peter Dinklage in the comedy Brothers.