Stars of ‘Jumanji’ sequel pay tribute to Robin Williams

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Actors Jack Black and Nick Jonas pose during a photocall to promote the film “Jumanji: Welcome to the jungle” in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, June 18. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Actors Jack Black and Nick Jonas pose during a photocall to promote the film “Jumanji: Welcome to the jungle” in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, June 18. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Barcelona, Spain (AP) – Jack Black and Nick Jonas — two of the stars of the upcoming “Jumanji” sequel — have paid tribute to the actor who led the original film — the late Robin Williams.

Describing Williams as a “sweet, sweet man,” Black said the late actor would “love” the movie.  “He had a great sense of adventure. … It would have been amazing to work with him,” he said at a press event for the film in Barcelona, Spain.

Williams, who died in 2014, starred in the original 1995 movie as Alan Parrish, who was trapped in a board game for 26 years.  The new film, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” shows where Parrish was all that time.

In the sequel, the board game from the original movie has been reimagined as a vintage video game, into which four teenagers are drawn.  The teens become their video game avatars — played by Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Black.

“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” will be released in December.