As with Pirates of the Caribbean, Disney has the potential for another theme park ride-based movie franchise with this one. Dwayne Johnson plays a riverboat captain who is hired by Emily Blunt’s determined explorer to take her on a mission.
It’s very safe stuff, no doubt, but it also looks like – as with Pirates 1 – it could be a good amount of popcorn-munching fun. Action, quips and good-lookin’ leads doing their thing should make for a good combo. It also brings to mind 1999’s The Mummy (even with Blunt in as slapstick ladder scene, like Rachel Weisz had in that film), which bodes well in my books.
The family film route is a bit of a change for director Jaume Collet-Serra, whose previous credits include House of Wax, The Shallows, and Liam Neeson thrillers Unknown, Non-Stop, Run All Night and The Commuter.
Jungle Cruise, also starring Edgar Ramirez, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, and Paul Giamatti, arrives in Australia on July 23 and hits the US on July 24, 2020.
Official synopsis for Jungle Cruise:
Join the adventure of a lifetime and watch the action-packed new trailer for Disney’s 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.