Doctor Who star Karen Gillan joins Jumanji sequel

And Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson couldn't be happier

Karen Gillan in Doctor Who (BBC,HF)

She’s travelled through space and time and helped conquered the galaxy – but now Doctor Who and Guardians of the Galaxy star Karen Gillan has a new challenge ahead of her as she joins cursed board-game adventure sequel Jumanji.

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Announcing the news on his Instagram account co-star Dwayne Johnson paid tribute to Gillan, describing her as “the girl who is so bad ass she shaved her freaking head for Guardians of the Galaxy” and as playing the “most important role” in the movie, and frankly it seems like the only person more excited by this news than Doctor Who fans is the former Rock himself.

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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Gillan joins Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Nick Jonas alongside Johnson, in a film that all have been keen to stress is a “continuation” of the original Robin Williams film rather than a reboot or remake, and according to Deadline will be playing a character called Martha. 

Sadly, it’ll probably be a while until we learn much more about what’s in store for the erstwhile Amy Pond, but one thing’s for sure – while Hollywood may be a jungle, Karen Gillan seems to be making her way through it just fine.

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Jumanji will be released in 2017

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