Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been lighting up his Instagram account for the past few days with news about his upcoming starring role in Disney’s Jungle Cruise.
Production begins this week (May 14, 2018) in Hawaii and continues through Christmas.
The movie Jungle Cruise is based on Disneyland’s theme park ride where a small riverboat takes a group of travelers through a jungle filled with dangerous animals and reptiles. The movie, in theaters in 2019, adds a supernatural element, and is set in pre-WWII era in the Amazon jungle.
Joining Johnson in the film are Emily Blunt, Jesse Plemons, Paul Giamatti, Jack Whitehall and Edgar Ramírez.
The film is being directed by Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra, who may be best known for the Liam Neeson movies, Unknown, Non Stop and Run All Night. In 2005, at the age of 21, Collet-Serra directed the The House Of Wax remake, starring Paris Hilton. He also directed the cult classic Orphan.
Dwayne Johnson Is The Captain of Disney’s Jungle Cruise, in theaters in 2019.
The Jungle Cruise ride is an attraction located in Adventureland at many Disney Parks, including Disneyland, Magic Kingdom in Orlando, and Tokyo Disneyland. At Hong Kong Disneyland, the attraction is named Jungle River Cruise. Disneyland Paris and Shanghai Disneyland are the only Magic Kingdom-style Disney parks that do not have the Jungle Cruise in their attraction rosters.
The attraction simulates a riverboat cruise down several major rivers of Asia, Africa and South America. Park guests board replica tramp steamers from a 1930s British explorers’ lodge and are taken on a voyage past many different Audio-Animatronic jungle animals. The tour is led by a live Disney Cast Member delivering humorous narration. This narration is based on a written and practiced script, but generally is largely delivered ad-lib.