Today Sony Pictures dropped their full trailer for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, where we got to dive straight into the action through the eyes of our teenaged protagonists.
The trailer gives me a bit of a Freaky Friday feel with the body swapping mechanism utilized in this film, but it’s fun to see Sony try to flip video game tropes on their head. Yeah. Here’s looking at you Amazonian warrior character! The only downside is that this doesn’t really give me the Jumanji feel that we got from the original film.
One character not featured in the trailer is Old Man Vreeke (Tim Matheson). That Hashtag Show got a chance to interview Matheson last night at the 43rd Annual Saturn Awards about his involvement in Jumanji. Matheson could not tell us much because he had been sworn to secrecy. However, we did find out that Old Man Vreeke is a parent of one of the kids in the new film and is involved outside of the Jumanji game.
Other than that, who Old Man Vreeke is as a whole is left up in the air. Considering the secrecy of the character, this prompts us to wonder how important Old Man Vreeke is to the story. I can’t help but speculate that Old Man Vreeke will be a throwback of sorts to the original Jumanji film. The question then would be what is Vreeke’s connection to the original film?
You can check out the rest of the interview below. Who do YOU think Old Man Vreeke is? Please let us know in the comments below.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle will soar into theaters on December 22, 2017.