Awkwafina, who had a breakout year with scene-stealing work in “Ocean’s 8” and “Crazy Rich Asians,” is in talks to join the “Jumanji” sequel,
Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan are all expected to return, with Jake Kasdan coming back as director.
Awkwafina, whose real name is Nora Lum, starred in two of the biggest box office hits in 2018: Ocean’s 8 and Crazy Rich Asians. She parlayed her breakout success in those two films into a historic turn on Saturday Night Live, where she became the first Asian woman to host the show since Lucy Liu on Dec. 16, 2000. “I remember how important that episode was for me and how it totally changed what I thought was possible for an Asian-American woman,” she reflected on the moment during her SNL dialogue. “Thank you Lucy for opening the door. I wasn’t able to make it in back then, but 18 years later I’m hosting the show.”