You’ll have to wait a bit longer to see Dwayne Johnson and Karen Gillan’s Jumanji

The reboot's release date has been pushed back from summer to Christmas 2017

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Sorry Jumanji fans, your’e going to have to wait a wee bit longer to get a look at the reboot of the 1990s classic.

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The new film – starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Doctor Who’s very own Karen Gillan – was originally slated for a July 2017 release but has been pushed back several months to Christmas because, in the words of, er, Dwanta Claus, “we realised we have a big family franchise on our hands, that’s full of Christmas wish fulfilment, fun and heart.”

In its new Christmas slot, the movie will now compete against Pitch Perfect 3 and Star Wars Episode VIII with The Dark Tower – starring Idris Elba – now occupying its old summer spot.

News of the move was later shared by Gillan who co-stars in the film alongside US actors Jack Black and Kevin Hart.

She added, “Our shoot in Hawaii is drawing to a close soon. We will continue the adventure in Atlanta. Had a total blast with these boys in the jungle!”

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Jumanji hasn’t been without its share of controversy during production after a photo shared by Johnson attracted criticism for the clothes – or lack of – worn by Gillan. Both stars defended the costume choice, assuring fans “there is a reason” for the skimpy outfit.