Are you as excited about Hollywood remaking “Jumanji?” Feels like only yesterday that we were watching lions jump out of the board game and a jungle taking over the living room. Hard to image that one of our favorite childhood movies is already 20 years old. In an age of remakes and reboots where nothing from our childhood is sacred, a new version of the classic film was inevitable whether we like it or not.
The new reimagined “Jumanji” will star Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Dwayne Johnson and Nick Jonas. It’s a pretty star-studded cast, leaving us to wonder what the original cast has been up to all these years. Click through for a quick touchbase on where these actors are at 20 years after the original “Jumanji” hit theaters!
#12 Patricia Clarkson (Carol-Anne Parrish)
Patricia Clarkson had a small role in “Jumanji” playing Carol-Anne, Alan’s mom. She was a well-known actress at the time and had roles in films such as “The Dead Pool” and “The Untouchables.” After her small part in “Jumanji” she went on to star in movies like “The Green Mile” and “Far From Heaven.” She has also appeared in several TV shows such as “Broad City” and “American Dad.” She most recently had a role in the popular “Maze Runner” movies.
#11 Adam Hann-Byrd (Young Alan)
Adam Hann-Byrd is most recognized for his role in “Jumanji” as Alan Parrish, a young boy sucked into the game (played as an adult by Robin Williams). He has had roles since then in “Little Man Tate” and “Halloween H2O.” He took a break from acting and in 2004 he graduated from Wesleyan University. He earned degrees in psychology and film studies. He has more recently worked on the TV shows “The Morning After” and “Fringe” as a writer.
#10 Robin Williams (Alan Parrish)
Robin Williams played the role of a man trapped in Jumanji for twenty-six years. He has starred in many amazing movies before and after “Jumanji,” but his role as Alan Parrish will always be a fan-favorite. Robin Williams passed away on August 11, 2014, at 63 years old. If you had to pick your favorite Robin Williams movie, what would it be?
#9 Bebe Neuwirth (Nora Shepherd)
Bebe Neuwirth played Nora Shepard who was Peter and Judy Shepard’s aunt and legal guardian. Before “Jumanji” she worked with the Princeton Ballet Company and was also on broadway. She performed in “A Chorus Line” and “Damn Yankees.” After “Jumanji” she returned to Broadway and had roles in “Chicago” and “The Adams Family.” More recently you would have seen her in TV shows like “The Good Wife,” “Madam Secretary” and “Blue Bloods.”
#8 Jonathan Hyde (Sam Parrish/Hunter Van Pelt)
Jonathan Hyde played both Alan’s dad and the hunter in “Jumanji.” Before he starred in “Jumanji” he was an established stage actor and was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He went on to play the greedy and cowardly J. Bruce Ismay in “Titanic.” He has also been in TV shows such as “Dinotopia” and “The Strain.” He had small roles in “The Mummy” and “Anaconda.”
#7 David Alan Grier (Carl)
David Alan Grier is an actor and comedian. He did an amazing job with his role as Carl, bringing the movie some comic relief. Since his role in “Jumanji,” he has appeared on “SNL,” “DAG” and “In Living Color.” He went on to have roles in “Bewitched” and “Stuart Little.” Most recently he starred in NBC’s “The Wiz Live!” as the Cowardly Lion.
#6 Laura Bell Bundy (Young Sarah)
Laura Bell Bundy played a great young Sarah in “Jumanji.” She went on to appear in some popular TV shows like “Home Improvement,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Veronica Mars,” “Hart of Dixie,” “Anger Management,” and most recently “Scream Queens.” She also had a role in the movie “Dream Girls.” She was on Broadway but wanted to focus on her country music career so she moved to Nashville.
#5 Bonnie Hunt (Sarah Whittle)
Bonnie Hunt was an established comedian before she starred in “Jumanji” and her work was widely respected. Before her role in “Jumanji,” she was in “Rain Man” and the “Beethoven” movies. She has had quite a storied career since “Jumanji,” having acted and lent her voice to a lot of great movies! She’s worked on “A Bug’s Life,” “Monsters Inc.,” the “Cars” series and even “Toy Story 3.” She most recently voiced Bonnie Hopps in “Zootopia.”
#4 Kirsten Dunst (Judy Shepherd)
Kirsten Dunst played Judy Shepard in the film. She was already a really popular young actress before and after “Jumanji.” She has quite the list of movies and TV shows on her resume. She has had roles in “ER,” “The Virgin Suicides,” “Bring It On,” and the popular “Spider-Man” movies just to name a few. If you are looking to see her in something new, she was in the second season of the FX show “Fargo.”
#3 Bradley Pierce (Peter Shepherd)
Bradley Pierce played Peter Shepard in the film, and you might recognize him from one of his other film credits. Before starring in “Jumanji” he voiced Chip in “Beauty and the Beast.” Since his role in “Jumanji,” he has mainly done voice acting for movies and video games. He has made appearances on “Mad About You,” “Star Trek: Voyager” and “Touched by an Angel.” In 2005 he got married and now has three children. What was your favorite part with Peter? We love when he got turned into a monkey, but are still a little freaked out by it!
#2 Malcolm Stewart (Jim Shepherd)
Malcolm Stewart played Jim Shepard, Peter and Judy’s dad, though we don’t officially meet him until the end of the movie when the timeline resets. He is brought up several times throughout the movie. Malcolm Stewart is a Canadian actor and has gone on to appear on Broadway shows such as “Bedroom Farce” and “Torch Song Trilogy.”
#1 Annabel Kershaw (Martha Shepherd)
Annabel Kershaw plays Martha Shepherd, Judy and Peter’s mother. Just like their father, we don’t meet her until the timeline resets at the end of the movie. If you haven’t seen the movie we won’t say anything else! She went on to appear in “Married Life” and most recently in 2014’s “If I Stay.” If you have seen the movie, do you think they will end up taking the ski trip after Alan tells them not to?
Now you know what the original cast has been up to over the last 20 years. By the looks of things they have been very busy! Do you think that the remake will include a cameo or two from the original cast? Or are we the only ones hoping for a few familiar faces to show up in the new film? Even if they don’t, the new film and all of the wild adventures “Jumanji” is on its way soon! Here’s hoping that Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Nick Jonas, and Dwyane Johnson will be able to do the original film justice.