And the jungle environment of that video game looks familiar... a lot like Hawaii, in fact. Here's a deeper look into the filming locations for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.
Johnson, also known for voicing the demigod Maui in Disney's Moana, grew up in Hawaii and has strong ties to Polynesian culture. On Instagram, Johnson spoke about why it was so important to him for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle to be filmed in Hawaii:
<p>And on a personal note, it's such a cool thing for me to bring the production of this movie to Hawaii. The positive ripple effect it has on local businesses and families in terms of creating jobs and additional income makes me very happy. I grew up on the island thru [sic] hard times and good times, so it means a lot to this local boy.</p>
A majority of the film's exteriors were shot on Oahu, with a large number of scenes at Kualoa Ranch. The location is known as the "backlot of Hawaii" and with good reason. You may recognize the famous Kualoa Mountains from Jurassic Park, 50 First Dates and the Lost television series, just to name a few.
As a thank you to the men and women who serve, an early screening of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle — complete with the cast in attendance — was held on Oahu at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam for military members and their families.