The First Trailer for 'Jungle Cruise' Takes Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson on a Wet and Wild Adventure

Slated to reach cinemas in mid-2020, it's the latest Disney flick based on a theme park ride.
Sarah Ward
Published on October 13, 2019

UPDATE, APRIL 4: Due to concerns around the coronavirus, Disney has announced that Jungle Cruise will no longer release on its initially scheduled date of Thursday, July 23, 2020, with the film now hitting cinemas on July 29, 2021.

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When Disney isn't turning its beloved movie franchises into new theme park zones, as it's currently doing with both Star Wars and Marvel, the enormous entertainment company has been known to take the opposite approach. Plenty of its rides and attractions have inspired films, such as the entire Pirates of the Caribbean series, as well as Tomorrowland, The Haunted Mansion, The Country Bears and Mission to Mars. Now, Jungle Cruise is the latest to join the fold.

As the Mouse House did with Pirates, it has enlisted some serious star power, with Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson taking the watery journey in the first movie based on Disney's popular river boat ride. She plays an explorer and scientist on a mission, while he captains the vessel she hires to transport her along the Amazon River. From there, as seen in the just-dropped first trailer, it seems that typical action-adventure hijinks ensue.

The film's initial sneak peek also sets up a vibe that's part The Mummy, part Indiana Jones, part every other flick about someone scrambling through vast landscapes searching for something precious — in this case, a tree in the Amazon that possesses unparalleled healing powers.

When Jungle Cruise floats into cinemas, it'll also feature Edgar Ramirez, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons and Paul Giamatti. Behind the camera, Jaume Collet-Serra is in the director's chair, marking a change of pace after the Liam Neeson-starring Unknown, Non-Stop, Run All Night and The Commuter (and Blake Lively shark flick The Shallows, too). Script-wise, the film is penned by Bad Santa writers (and Crazy, Stupid, Love. filmmakers) Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, as well as Logan, Alien: Covenant, Blade Runner 2049  and Murder on the Orient Express' Michael Green.

Check out the trailer below:

After being delayed from its original release date of July 23, 2020, Jungle Cruise will now open in Australian cinemas on July 29, 2021.

Published on October 13, 2019 by Sarah Ward
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