Emily Blunt just boarded the Jungle Cruise.
According to Variety, the 34-year-old British actress has joined Jungle Cruise – the upcoming original Disney movie starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
“Emily Blunt is set to star alongside Dwayne Johnson in Disney’s Jungle Cruise,” they revealed. “Jaume Collet-Serra is on board to direct the film based on the Walt Disney World ride.”
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Jungle Cruise is based on the Disney theme park ride of the same name – one of Disneyland’s first ever rides, which takes visitors through a range of exotic scenes, including settings such as Africa’s Nile and Congo rivers as well as South America’s Amazon.
Now it’s heading to the big screen.
“Disney sees the film as another major franchise in the vein of its billion dollar Pirates of the Caribbean series.”
And it’s not the first Disneyland ride to get its own movie.
Pirates of the Caribbean was based on the ride of the same name, with other ride/movie crossovers including Tomorrowland and the Disney comedy, The Haunted Mansion.
“Disney sees the film as another major franchise in the vein of its billion dollar Pirates of the Caribbean series and Johnson and Collet-Serra have found time in the stars busy schedule to map out how they see this film going.”
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Apparently, Disney is incredibly happy with Emily Blunt’s stint as Mary Poppins in the as-yet unreleased Mary Poppins Returns… and they’re looking for another franchise to keep her at the studio.
Will Jungle Cruise prove to be as big a hit as Pirates of the Caribbean?
For now, we’ll have to wait and see.
But with Dwayne Johnson on board, at least it has a fighting chance.