In this post I’m taking a look at the cast of the Jumanji film series, highlighting the core cast members for each movie. The purpose of this post is to throw the spotlight on some of the big names that appear across the series, as well as some of the not-so-well remembered stars that you might have missed.

As this post is covering all of the films that fall within the Jumanji universe, I am focusing on Jumanji (1995), Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017), and Jumanji: The Next Level (2019).

OK, let’s begin.

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Jumanji (1995)

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Let’s start with the most obvious and well-known actor in Jumanji: Robin Williams. Williams is not only the headline star of the film, he is also the actor that most people associate with the Jumanji universe – and rightly so.

Moving outside of Robin Williams, Jumanji boasts a number of well-known actors that you might have forgotten about, including Bonnie Hunt, Kirsten Dunst, Bebe Neuwirth and Patricia Clarkson. Jonathan Hyde, pops up in two roles in the film: Sam Parrish and Van Pelt.

Here is a list of the core cast members for Jumanji ’95:

  • Robin Williams – Alan Parrish
  • Bonnie Hunt – Sarah Whittle
  • Kirsten Dunst – Judy Shepherd
  • Bradley Pierce – Peter Shepherd
  • Bebe Neuwirth – Nora Shepherd
  • David Alan Grier – Bentley
  • Patricia Clarkson – Carol Parrish
  • Jonathan Hyde – Sam Parrish / Van Pelt
  • Adam Hann-Byrd – Young Alan
  • Laura Bell Bundy – Young Sarah
  • Frank Welker – Vocal effects

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Zathura (2005)

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Next up is Zathura: A Space Adventure, which is a spiritual sequel to Jumanji. The film is not directly linked to Jumanji (not yet anyway), but it is part of the same universe.

Zathura boasts a number of established actors, including Twilight alumni Kristen Stewart and Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson. Other well-known actors include Dax Shepard, Tim Robbins, Frank Oz and Derek Mears.

The core cast of Zathura is as follows:

  • Tim Robbins – Mr. Budwing
  • Kristen Stewart – Lisa
  • Jonah Bobo – Danny
  • Josh Hutcherson – Walter
  • Dax Shepard – Astronaut
  • John Alexander – Robot
  • Frank Oz – Robot (voice)
  • Derek Mears – Lead Zorgon
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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

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The third film on this list is Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – a belated sequel to Jumanji ’95. As with the other entries in this series, this movie features some high-profile stars, beginning with arguably the most famous: Dwayne Johnson.

While Johnson is the big name attached to this picture, he is actually part of an ensemble that includes Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan and Nick Jonas. These guys are joined by Alex Wolff, Ser’Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, Morgan Turner and Colin Hanks.

Other notable actors in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle include Marin Hinkle, Marc Evan Jackson, and New Zealand comedian, Rhys Darby as Nigel Billingsley. Bobby Cannavale appears in the role of Van Pelt.

The core cast of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle includes:

  • Dwayne Johnson – Dr. Smoulder Bravestone
  • Kevin Hart – Franklin ‘Mouse’ Finbar
  • Jack Black – Professor Sheldon Oberon
  • Karen Gillan – Ruby Roundhouse
  • Nick Jonas – Jefferson ‘Seaplane’ McDonough
  • Alex Wolff – Spencer
  • Ser-Darius Blain – Fridge
  • Madison Iseman – Bethany
  • Morgan Turner – Martha
  • Colin Hanks – Alex
  • Rhys Darby – Nigel Billingsley
  • Bobby Cannavale – Van Pelt
  • Marc Evan Jackson – Principal Bentley
  • Marin Hinkle – Spencer’s Mom

And now onto movie number four…

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Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)

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The cast of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle largely remains in place for Jumanji: The Next Level, however, a number of new actors are added to the mix. The most notable newbies include Awkwafina, Danny DeVito, and Danny Glover, who all take lead roles.

Background players include Rory McCann, who takes on the role of Jurgen the Brutal, and Bebe Neuwirth who reprises the role of Nora Shepherd from Jumanji ’95.

The core cast of Jumanji: The Next Level includes:

  • Dwayne Johnson – Dr. Smoulder Bravestone
  • Kevin Hart – Franklin ‘Mouse’ Finbar
  • Jack Black – Professor Sheldon Oberon
  • Karen Gillan – Ruby Roundhouse
  • Nick Jonas – Jefferson ‘Seaplane’ McDonough
  • Danny DeVito – Eddie Gilpin
  • Danny Glover – Milo Walker
  • Awkwafina – Ming Fleetfoot
  • Alex Wolff – Spencer
  • Ser-Darius Blain – Fridge
  • Madison Iseman – Bethany
  • Morgan Turner – Martha
  • Colin Hanks – Alex
  • Rhys Darby – Nigel Billingsley
  • Rory McCann – Jurgen the Brutal
  • Marin Hinkle – Spencer’s Mom
  • Bebe Neuwirth – Nora Shepherd
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Frank Welker, Kristen Stewart, Tim Robbins, Bobby Cannavale – all names that often get overlooked when it comes to the Jumanji universe, but all have played their part. And as the Jumanji movie series continues to expand, more actors will be added to the cast.

It’s always worth keeping an eye out to see who appears in each movie to see where they will pop up next. But for now, I hope this information has proved useful.

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