Watch Kevin Hart's Death by Cake in the New Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Trailer

Cake! Still: Paramount Pictures via YouTube
Cake! Still: Paramount Pictures via YouTube

The new trailer for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle shows just how many video game references can be crammed into a two-minute trailer, while raising the stakes in a way that’s possibly more horrific than we expected: The characters will die, over and over and over again.


In this latest look, we get a better glimpse at how the teenagers end up in the Jumanji video game, what abilities they have as their digital avatars, and what their mission is (that last part’s still kind of unclear, but, hey, we now know it involves Nick Jonas). We also learn that the teenagers will have three lives available before they die for real, something star and executive producer Dwayne Johnson explained in an interview with USA Today.

“That first meeting we had, I said, ‘We have this gift of these three lives. What are the most fun, awesome, crazy ways that we can die and audiences are going to love?’ “ Johnson said. “That means all of us, you know, um, well, we’re going to go to meet our maker.”

Hold up, does this mean the normal human teenagers trapped in the game feel the pain and eventual void of death before coming back to life, and will they remember that horrible feeling for the rest of their lives? That’s some creepy existential shit right there. But who cares, Kevin Hart gets killed by an exploding dessert! The cake definitely wasn’t a lie.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle comes out December 20.

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle comes out December 20.

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Wait, so they are really going with the “the game can shapeshift” fan theory I’ve seen floating on the internet? Well, okay. I still think that boardgame design is hella cool.

However, I have to laugh at “nobody plays boardgames anymore” - in the last 10 years, there has been a real trend of boardgames becoming mainstream again. Stuff like Pandemic and Dominion and Settlers of Catanare now available pretty much anywhere, were once they were limited to specialty stores.

Finally, that teenager at the beginning is an idiot. Dude, have you seen that game? It is pure wood, it is at least two centuries old, and those white pieces are likely genuine ivory. If you don’t want to play it, sell the damn thing to an antiques dealer, you’re going to get a lot of cash for it.