Every year, thousands upon thousands of people attend Disney theme parks around the world so that they can experience all of the unique attractions. In the last 20 years, there have been multiple attempts to bring those same experiences to the big screen. Working with great filmmakers, the movie studio has created blockbusters out of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN and TOMORROWLAND, and coming this summer, audiences everywhere will be able to see a special adaptation of one of the parks’ most legendary rides: JUNGLE CRUISE.
To get you ready for the movie, we’ve put together this special guide with all of the info you need to know.
What Is Jungle Cruise’s release date?
We’ve been waiting quite a while for JUNGLE CRUISE, as the film first entered production all the way back in 2018. We have to wait a bit longer as the film is set to release July 30, 2021.
Is There a Jungle Cruise Trailer?
Yes! The first trailer for JUNGLE CRUISE debuted online back in October 2019, providing audiences with an introduction to the lead characters. More recently, Disney released the footage you see above, which gives some insight into the movie’s plot. And on that note…
What Is Jungle Cruise About?
Based on a screenplay by Michael Green, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, JUNGLE CRUISE is a period film that takes audiences back to the early 20th century and introduces us to Frank, a daring adventurer who owns a river boat tour company on the Amazon in South America. His life winds up changing in a big way when he meets scientist Lily Houghton and her brother, McGregor, who are on a mission to discover the mythical Tree of Life. It’s believed by the Houghtons that ancient legends are true, and that there is a plant deep in the Amazon that possesses special healing abilities.
Unfortunately for the trio, the jungle is filled with all kinds of dangers both natural and supernatural, and it’s a fight for survival as they make their perilous journey.
Who Are the Stars of Jungle Cruise?
In case you have trouble recognizing the biggest action star in the world, that’s Dwayne Johnson playing the role of Frank in the JUNGLE CRUISE. The movie will be the actor's first live-action Disney film, though he did voice the character Maui in the animated hit MOANA a few years ago.
Emily Blunt will be playing Johnson’s co-lead in the movie, Lily Houghton. She too has some past Disney experience on her resume, having just recently played the titular role in 2018’s MARY POPPINS RETURNS.
Playing Lily’s brother, McGregor, will be up-and-comer Jack Whitehall, who is primarily known for his small screen work in England. The role is particularly notable because the character will be portrayed as openly gay.
In addition to its main stars, JUNGLE CRUISE has a stacked supporting cast, including Edgar Ramírez, Paul Giamatti and Jesse Plemons as still-unnamed antagonist characters.
Who Is the Director of Jungle Cruise?
JUNGLE CRUISE is the latest film from director Jaume Collet-Serra, which is notable since he is a filmmaker relatively new to the world of family-friendly entertainment. The Spanish director made his big screen debut back in 2005 with the remake of the horror film HOUSE OF WAX, but has become best known for helming action movies starring Liam Neeson — a list that includes 2011's UNKNOWN, 2014's NON-STOP, 2015's RUN ALL NIGHT and 2018's THE COMMUTER.
The movie marks the first time that Jaume Collet-Serra has collaborated with Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, but he is already set to work with the former again on the upcoming comic book blockbuster BLACK ADAM, which will be going into production later this year.
Stay tuned for more updates about JUNGLE CRUISE.