Emily Blunt has joined Dwayne Johnson to star in Disney’s Jungle Cruise. The film will be an action-adventure based on the popular theme park ride, which takes guests on a journey through various rain forest environments. Having appeared in Into The Woods, and set to star in the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns, this will be Blunt’s third collaboration with Disney.
Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows, The Commuter) will direct the film from a script originally written by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, and reworked by Oscar nominee Michael Green (Logan). Considering Collet-Serra’s usual appetite for pure action films (usually in collaboration with Liam Neeson), it will be interesting to see how he handles what’s likely to be a slightly lighter affair.
Either way, Blunt is a great choice to star alongside Johnson. She’s proven her metal as a star of gritty action films such as Edge Of Tomorrow and Sicario, and still remains one of the most underrated actresses around, and should comfortably fit in with whatever tone the film ends up taking.
Disney’s most famous two films previously based on theme park rides couldn’t have fared more differently. 2003’s Pirates Of The Caribbean ended up a huge success and launched a franchise, while 2015’s Tomorrowland bombed. Disney will be hoping Jungle Cruise is more of the former and less of the latter.
With Blunt now on board alongside a box office star like Johnson, and will an experienced action director behind the camera, the film looks to be in good hands. Production is due to start in May.