Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt are ready to welcome you to the jungle. The pair star in the first trailer for Disney’s Jungle Cruise, an early 20th-century adventure that follows riverboat captain Frank (Johnson) and scientist Dr. Lily Houghton (Blunt) as they venture into the wilderness. The well-known Disney property film looks like a surefire hit with a ton of high-octane riverboat action. The first trailer for ‘Jungle Cruise’ dropped on Friday, giving theme park fans a look at just how the Mouse House was able to bring another attraction to life.
Neither Johnson nor Blunt are strangers to the Disney family — he voiced Maui in 2016’s ‘Moana’, while she played the magical nanny in last year’s Mary Poppins Returns — and Jungle Cruise is based on one of Disney’s oldest and most enduring properties. The original Jungle Cruise Disneyland ride opened in 1955, and during Disney’s D23 Expo in August, both Johnson and Blunt promised an adventure that puts a new spin on the ride.
The movie follows Blunt’s Indiana Jones-type character as she meets up with Johnson’s riverboat captain to find a tree in the Amazon which ‘possesses unparalleled healing powers.’
It appears The Rock’s character actually runs a tour similar to the theme park ride, making tourists believe they’re in danger from ‘natives’ (who are really just actors) and hippos (which are animatronic), while getting a glimpse at everyone’s favorite wonder of the world, ‘the backside of water.’
‘We’re just so moved, so honored to be in a movie like this because we both grew up madly in love with Indiana Jones, Romancing the Stone,’ Blunt said onstage at the D23 Expo. ‘So to be a part of something like, this same spirit, just makes my heart race.’ ‘Jungle Cruise’ hits theaters July 24, 2020.