Jumanji sequel features tribute to Robin Williams’s character: “It’s like he’s there helping us without actually being there”

The late actor's character Alan Parrish has left behind clues in the Jumanji jungle

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Robin Williams’s beloved character Alan Parrish will be a major presence in the Jumanji sequel.

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The star of the 1995 fantasy adventure film died three years ago, but filmmakers have found a way to keep his legacy alive in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

The 2017 movie stars Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black and Kevin Hart. And Black, who plays Professor Shelly Oberon, has told The Hollywood Reporter that Parrish still has a role to play.

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“We’re exploring this jungle and trying to conquer the game; it’s life or death,” he said.

“But while we’re there, we find clues left behind by [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.”

Black also explained how Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle will take a different direction from the original.

“You never got to see the inside world,” he said. “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.”

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is due for release in the UK on 26th December