Emily Blunt joins Dwayne Johnson in Jungle Cruise
According to Variety, Emily Blunt (The Girl on the Train, Edge of Tomorrow) is set to co-star with Dwayne Johnson (The Fate of the Furious, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) in Jungle Cruise, Disney’s live-action film based on their popular theme park attraction. The film is slated to begin production in May under the direction of Jaume Collet-Serra (Non-Stop, Run All Night, The Shallows).
The script by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay (Star Trek Beyond) was recently rewritten by Michael Green (Logan, Blade Runner 2049). Johnson is set to produce alongside his Seven Bucks Productions partners Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia, as well as frequent collaborator Beau Flynn (San Andreas, Baywatch) of Flynn Picture Co. John Davis and John Fox of Davis Entertainment will also produce.
A film adaptation of the ride, one of the original rides from the opening day of Disneyland, was previously in development with a script by Al Gough and Miles Millar (Spider-Man 2, Smallville). Another attempt was made in 2011 with Disney officially announcing an adaptation starring Toy Story‘s own Tom Hanks and Tim Allen. Neither version ultimately materialized.
Jungle Cruise will join the ranks of films Disney has created based on their theme park attractions, including The Country Bears, The Haunted Mansion, Mission to Mars, Tomorrowland, and the most popular, Pirates of the Caribbean.
This will be Blunt’s third major film for Disney after 2014’s Into the Woods and this winter’s Mary Poppins Returns. She will next be seen opposite her husband John Krasinski in the horror film A Quiet Place.
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