The studio could have another big franchise-starter with Jungle Cruise, which, like Pirates of the Caribbean, is based on a Disney theme park ride. The plot has Johnson playing a charismatic riverboat captain that is hired by a determined explorer (Blunt) to take her on a trip up the Amazon river. She’s in search of a fabled tree that is said to hold the power to heal all. Of course, some baddies (Jesse Plemons) are also on the search.
It’s a fun-looking adventure film that’s firmly in the vein of the Caribbean franchise, and having two charmers like Johnson and Blunt on board should make it a winner. It’s a change of pace for director Jaume Collet-Serra, whose previous credits include Orphan, The Shallows, and Liam Neeson thrillers Unknown, Non-Stop, Run All Night, and The Commuter.
Jungle Cruise, also starring Edgar Ramirez, Jack Whitehall, and Paul Giamatti, arrives in Australia on July 23 and hits the U.S. on July 24.
Official synopsis for Jungle Cruise:
Inspired by the famous Disneyland theme park ride, Disney’s Jungle Cruise is an adventure-filled, Amazon-jungle expedition starring Dwayne Johnson as the charismatic riverboat captain and Emily Blunt as a determined explorer on a research mission.
Also starring in the film are Edgar Ramirez, Jack Whitehall, with Jesse Plemons, and Paul Giamatti. Jaume Collet-Serra is the director and John Davis, John Fox, Dwayne Johnson, Hiram Garcia, Dany Garcia and Beau Flynn are the producers, with Doug Merrifield serving as executive producer.