Oh Good, Karen Gillan Has Been Deemed a Tough Enough 'Girl' to Be In a Movie About a Magical Board Game
The Rock took to Instagram today to introduce the new addition to the Jumanji
reboot sequel “continuation”, and if you’re hoping that this movie will be something you’ll enjoy watching, either for your own nostagic purposes or because your kids are going to make you see it, this is great news!
YES. Let’s always be putting Karen Gillan in more things! Especially since the cast so far has been one hell of a sausage fest (with varying degrees of talent): Besides Dwayne Johnson, we’ve got Jack Black, a Jonas, and Kevin Hart. So hooray for Gillan!
And then you read The Rock’s caption on that gorgeous photo, and maybe it’s a little less of a hooray.
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
Deep breath there. Because I like the Rock. We all do. Of course we do; he’s delightful. And he’s built up enough good will that I’m choosing to let these words wash right over my lady-diminishing trope-hating self.
But Mr. Rock, you should know two things:
1. Karen Gillan is not a child. Girl = child. Woman = adult. One accidentally disparaging mislabeling would have been easily ignored. I’m taking you at the word of your hashtags and believing that this does come from #RESPECT, but calling a grown-ass woman a “girl” five times does nothing to #support that.
2. I’m looking forward to Jumanji. I’m hoping it will be campy and fun and funny. But you’re trying to sell of one of the most overused tropes in filmic history as a CRAZY ORIGINAL idea, and that’s not encouraging.
You have ONE female character, and she’s the old model-hot/man-tough standby? Karen Gillan gives GREAT tough
girl woman, but let’s not act like making her the lone female character as justification for writing her one-dimensionally, then surrounding her with a bunch of dudes who drop their jaws at her badassery while also sneaking in a likely bra shot or romantic subplot is anything more than the total cliche that it is.