He may be gone, but Robin Williams will never be forgotten.
In fact, the late actor — who sadly passed away at age 63 in August 2014 — will receive a special tribute in the upcoming Jumanji sequel, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the film's new star Jack Black recently revealed.
"We’re exploring this jungle and trying to conquer the game; it’s life or death. But while we’re there, we find clues left behind by [Robin's character Alan Parrish]. He built up a full-blown jungle house, similar to a Swiss Family Robinson situation. It’s like he’s there helping us without actually being there," the 47-year-old actor told The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday, June 18.
Robin in Jumanji. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
The original Jumanji hit theaters in 1995 and starred Robin alongside Bonnie Hunt, Jonathan Hyde, Bebe Neuwirth, and a young Kirsten Dunst. The new story follows four teenagers who find a vintage video game version of Jumanji and get sucked into its jungle setting.
"[In the original] you never got to see the inside world. But this one takes place primarily inside the jungle of Jumanji. That’s the coolest part of the film — we’re able to transport the audience to that secret and wondrous land, with the danger and the beauty," Jack said of the sequel.
EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: #JUMANJI Our dope 90's vintage costumes will all make sense when our plot's revealed. Truuuuuust me😂👊🏾. The journey continues.. "Moose Finbar" (Kevin Hart). "Ruby Roundhouse" (Karen Gillan). "Professor Shelly Oberon" (Jack Black). "Dr. Smolder Bravestone" 'cause well.. he smolders. Hard workin' and FUN first day of shooting in the jungle with this talented and crazy motley crew. Jack is brilliant, Karen is bad assery, Kevin is sharply hilarious and I smell good. Extremely hard trying to keep a straight face in these scenes. Too funny. We're makin' a good one. More to come.. #JUMANJI #WishFulfillment #TheGameThatPlaysYou
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle also stars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, and Nick Jonas. The new movie is set to hit theaters on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017.
Check out the gallery to see the original Jumanji cast then and now!