If you were to tell anyone pre-2003 that Disney would have a hit film franchise based off of one of the studio’s various theme park attractions, they’d probably laugh at you. But that year certainly changed everything, as PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL became a mega-hit that would only go on to make even more mega-hits in a franchise full of wins.
Ever since then, Disney has hoped to repeat that success with various film projects that have their star rides at the center of them, and next year’s big JUNGLE CRUISE movie is the latest prospect in that arena. While we’ve got a bit of a wait ahead of us for this new film, there’s still a good amount of information already available.
When Can We Expect Jungle Cruise to Hit Theatres?
If you're looking to sail out for adventure and excitement with Disney’s JUNGLE CRUISE, you’ve got more than a little while to book passage. July 24, 2020, is the date for the film’s debut, which is delayed from the original October 11, 2019, release.
Is There a Jungle Cruise Trailer?
At the moment, there is no trailer for the JUNGLE CRUISE film. Behind-the-scenes videos have been shared by the studio and from the social media accounts of actors such as Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt. As soon as there is a trailer, though, we’ll update this guide to reflect that development.
Jaume Collet-Serra: The Director of Jungle Cruise
Director Jaume Collet-Serra may not be the first name you’d think of when mentioning a Disney adventure like JUNGLE CRUISE. Though once you get into the details of his filmography, you can see why his hiring to bring this tale to life is so exciting.
Starting off with horror films like the remake of HOUSE OF WAX and the twisted thriller ORPHAN, Collet-Serra eventually became the go-to director for Liam Neeson and his catalog of action-packed capers.
UNKNOWN, NON-STOP, RUN ALL NIGHT and most recently THE COMMUTER saw Jaume Collet-Serra hone his directing skills, with Neeson’s action-lead cred rising through each outing.
Though if you’re curious about whether or not the director can work on water, you can rest assured he’s a pro, as Collet-Serra also directed the Blake Lively shark thriller THE SHALLOWS. Action, adventure and sea-bound scares are all a promising cocktail for what we’ll be seeing out of JUNGLE CRUISE next summer.
Who Can We Expect to See in Jungle Cruise?
The leads of JUNGLE CRUISE are a pair that aren’t readily thought of, but easily an exciting prospect to see come to life. The skipper of the very boat at the center of the film’s action is Dwayne Johnson, playing the character of Frank, and the scientist who employs him for her important mission is none other that Mary Poppins herself, Emily Blunt, in the role of Lily.
Joining them is comedian Jack Whitehall as Lily’s brother, McGregor, as well as a plethora of familiar faces in the supporting cast. Edgar Ramírez, Jesse Plemons and Paul Giamatti all round out the cast of the film, in various roles that have not yet been specified.
What Is the Jungle Cruise Movie About?
At the heart of JUNGLE CRUISE’s adventurous story is the quest for the ultimate healing agent: the Tree of Life (a location that coincidentally also happens to be a Disney attraction, as it's the centerpiece of Disney's Animal Kingdom park). Two expeditions are seeking its powers and all of the glory that comes with discovering it first. A German expedition will serve as the protagonists and the crew led by Johnson’s Frank and Blunt’s Lily. This journey will be a period piece as well, as the film’s time frame has been set as “early 20th century."
The Disney Ride That Started It All
All but two of the Disney Parks around the world have their own version of the Jungle Cruise ride that inspired the story behind this latest Disney film. The first was introduced in Disneyland as an opening day attraction in 1955, with the latest variant dating back to 2005, courtesy of Hong Kong Disneyland.
Through each version of Jungle Cruise's ride structure, a 1930s-style steamboat takes those who board it into a jungle full of animals and danger. The captain also serves as the guide, narrating your tour and pointing out the various pitfalls, perils and dangerous beasts out in the wilds of the region your particular cruise is set.
Don’t get too comfortable with the way the Jungle Cruise is currently running though, as Dwayne Johnson is helping Disney redesign the ride in all of its existing versions. So, an experience that reflects the vision of the upcoming movie will probably be instituted, much like the addition of film elements from the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN franchise into the Disney attractions that inspired it.
July 24, 2020, feels like a long time to wait for a ride on the JUNGLE CRUISE. Though knowing how fast the film industry moves, it’s going to be here before we know it! And as the march toward opening day progresses, you can expect us to update this guide with all of the latest updates. So, stay tuned!