This December, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen “Kieron” Gillan, and Nick Jonas will bring viewers back to the world of Jumanji, the 1995 Robin Williams film of the same name. Also featured heavily in the film will be Karen Gillan’s bare skin, according to production images:
The fact that Karen Gillan is the only character in short shorts and a crop top, even as the movie literally has the sexiest man alive in it and covers him up in baggy cargo pants and a loose fitting shirt, has raised questions about the film’s sexploitive motives. The Hollywood Reporter had Gillan in for an interview, and they asked her about it:
I’ve experienced something similar when I worked on Doctor Who and there was such an uproar about my costume when that was first revealed, so I thought it was happening all over again. But I have to say, I’d never take on a role that was truly gratuitous for no reason. There’s a really valid reason why she’s wearing that. My character is really not happy about it!
Gillan doesn’t go into what the reason is, but her comments echo a tweet she made back in September when the photo was first released:
— Karen Gillan (@karengillan) September 21, 2016
Can the Wikipedia summary of the movie shed any light on these teases?
In a brand new Jumanji adventure, the tables are turned as four teenagers are sucked into Jumanji’s world – pitted against rhinos, black mambas and an endless variety of jungle traps and puzzles. To survive, they’ll play as characters from the game: meek Spencer becomes a brave explorer (Dwayne Johnson); hulky jock Fridge becomes a tiny genius (Kevin Hart); It-girl Bethany becomes a bookworm professor (Jack Black); and unathletic Martha becomes an amazonian warrior (Karen Gillan). To beat the game and return to the real world with their lives, they’ll have to start seeing things in an entirely different way.
Ok, not really. But this wasn’t a completely fruitless endeavor. The entire entertainment media did get another click for the same exact story they published originally back in September. So it’s a win/win situation – we win, and then we win again four months later.
Jumanji will hit theaters on December 22.