Multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated recording artist, actor, and award-winning songwriter Nick Jonas (Kingdom, Scream Queens) stars in Columbia Pictures’ Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (in Philippine cinemas Monday, January 8).
The action adventure tells of four unlikely friends who are sucked into the world of Jumanji. When they discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of, they decide to play and are immediately thrust into the game’s jungle setting, in the bodies of their avatars, played by Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan. What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – Jumanji plays you. They’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, or they’ll be stuck in Jumanji forever…
Alex, portrayed by Jonas, is another player in the game who will either help them in their quest – or be a sign of the danger that awaits them.
“Alex’s avatar is a pilot – Jefferson ‘Seaplane’ McDonough,” says Jonas. “He’s been in the game for a while and has had a bit of a tough time getting through it. As the movie goes on, we find out that the story’s a bit more complicated…”
For Jonas’ character, an impressive set was built from the ground up to represent his tree house, a refuge that was no movie magic – it was an actual treehouse built around a sprawling Banyan tree and hidden in the jungle foliage. The challenge for this set was ensuring the design, construction and décor for the set was comprised of salvaged or repurposed items from around the island.
“The treehouse was really cool. I would spend some vacation time there if I could,” says Jonas. “Not only was it a great place to really introduce my character and give the backstory of where he’d been all this time – it also became a way for us to respect the original film.”