While many big movies have been turned into theme park rides over the years, the opposite is sometimes true as well. Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean ride became a hugely popular five-film franchise, and the studio will be hoping for the same for Jungle Cruise. The river boat attraction has been turned into a big budget movie starring Dwayne Johnson, and it hits theaters in July next year. The first trailer has now been released.
The movie stars Johnson as Frank, a riverboat captain who specialises in cruises down a dangerous jungle river in the 1930s. The trailer sets up the basic plot, in which Emily Blunt plays an adventurer in search of a mystical tree with healing properties, and hires the reluctant Frank to take her on the dangerous mission downriver to find it. Not surprisingly, the movie looks extremely comedic, with plenty of of Indiana Jones-influenced action in there too. Check it out below.
Jungle Cruise also stars Jack Whitehall (Good Omens), Édgar Ramírez (Bright), Jesse Plemons (Game Night), and Paul Giamatti (The Amazing Spider-Man 2). It’s directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, who previously helmed the shark thriller The Shallows and the Liam Neeson action thrillers Non-Stop and The Commuter. It releases on July 24, 2020.
In a recent interview with Yahoo, Blunt spoke about what drew her to the project. “Just to be transported to this incredible world and that sense of travel and adventure and just a rich tapestry for audiences to escape to,” she said. “And it’s based on a ride, which just has oodles of nostalgia and so much to kind of mine for us creatively, so it was very cool.”