Now that the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise is on indefinite leave, Disney is attempting to replicate that same success and magic with a big-screen adaptation of one of its most popular tourist attractions, the Jungle Cruise.
The film will star the likes of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Emily Blunt, and Jack Whitehall. It's safe to say that Jungle Cruise has all the star power that it needs to pull in the proverbial and literal numbers. However, everything else that you might want to know about Jungle Cruise before its premiere date might have gotten lost in the sea of information that is the internet.
So, we've decided to plot your course for you and provide all the information that you need to know about Jungle Cruise before it premieres later this month.
What is the story of Jungle Cruise?
Jungle Cruise is literally as old as Disneyland itself. The attraction first debuted in 1955 and is one of the few that Walt Disney had a hand in the creation of that remains popular today.
The popular ride takes audiences on a boat ride through jungles based in Africa, Asia, and South America. Similar to other Disney attractions, it takes advantage of realistic animatronic hippos, rhinos, and even tribal natives who will try and "hit" your boat.
A common feature in every cruise is the skipper, who is the dryly humorous pilot that will try and improvise a pun at every turn.
As for the movie that will be based on the ride, the skipper role will be taken on by Frank (Johnson) who is hired by Dr. Houghton (Blunt) to travel downriver in the Amazon rainforest onboard Frank's boat, La Quila.
En route to finding the Tree of Life, which supposedly has the power to heal people, the two find themselves competing against other expeditions and braving the elements, both supernatural as well as those that are native to the jungle.
Who are the cast and crew members of Jungle Cruise?
Jaume Collet-Serra of The Shallows and The Commuter will serve as the director of Jungle Cruise. He is also currently working with Dwayne Johnson on the DCEU film, Black Adam, which just wrapped up filming.
The official cast of Jungle Cruise includes:
- The Rock as Frank Wolff
- Emily Blunt as Dr. Lily Houghton
- Jack Whitehall as McGregor Houghton
- Jesse Plemons Prince Joachim
- Edgar Ramírez as Aguirre
- Paul Giamatti as Nilo
- Andy Nyman as Sir James Hobbs-Coddington
- Quim Gutiérrez as Melchor
- Dani Rovira as Sancho
- Veronica Falcón as Trader Sam
- Simone Lockhart as Anna
- Nicholas Ryan Hernandez as Young Aguirre
- David Lengel as Boat Tourist #1
- Sulem Calderon as Quila
- Piper Collins as Boat Tourist
Michael Green, Glenn Ficarra, and John Requa are all on-board as the writers with Johnson producing along with John David, John Fox, Hiram Garcia, and Dany Garcia. Meanwhile, the executive producers are Scott Sheldon and Doug Merrifield. Finally, the screen story was conceived by John Norville, John Goldstein, Glenn Ficarra, and John Requa.
When is the Jungle Cruise premiere date?
Jungle Cruise was originally planned to release in theaters last July 2020. However, Disney decided to delay the film for an entire year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jungle Cruise is now set to premiere on July 30.
Where can you watch Jungle Cruise?
Just like most major releases this 2021, Jungle Cruise will see a simultaneous release both in theaters and on Disney+ as part of Premier Access.