One of Disney Studios’ biggest modern successes has been with its long-running Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. After nearly two decades and a handful of pirate adventures, the studio is turning to its parks for inspiration once more for another swashbuckling boating adventure. In the new Jungle Cruise trailer, Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt search for a magical tree while facing off against their dangerous environment and their even more dangerous foes. And, most impressively, they do it all while incessantly bickering.
Blunt plays Lily Houghton, a British scientist who travels to the Amazon in search for the Tree of Life. Frank, (Johnson), the riverboat captain guiding Lily and her brother McGregor (Jack Whitehall) through the jungle, is doubtful of its existence, having spent years searching for it himself. The trio embark through their mission through the Amazonian jungle, racing against a German expedition also seeking to locate the magical tree… with far more nefarious intentions.
“There is a legend in the jungles of the amazon of a tree that heals all. It could change the world. But if it gets into the wrong hands, it could awaken a great evil,” Blunt explains in the trailer, as a jaded Johnson, strumming a guitar, shoots down her optimism.
If the trailers are any indication, Disney has another supremely fun adventure on its hands. It’s no surprise the chemistry between Johnson and Blunt has been front and center, both in the trailers and in the marketing for the movie, as it appears the pair had the best time making the film. And any opportunity that allows Emily Blunt to be funny is an automatic win in our book.
Jungle Cruise is based on the famed Disney Parks attraction. First opened at Disneyland in 1955, the attraction simulates a riverboat adventure through several major rivers all over the world—including Asia, Africa, and South America—guided by a funny “riverboat captain,” who points out several animatronic jungle animals and potential hazards along the way. In addition to its inaugural location, the attraction is also featured in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland, and most recently at Hong Kong Disneyland.
In addition to the new trailer, Disney also released an exciting new poster, giving us a further look at our heroes and foes.
Jungle Cruise also stars Edgar Ramirez, Jesse Plemons, and Paul Giamatti. It was directed by Jaume Collet-Serra.
Disney’s made other attempts to bring the magic of its park attractions to the big screen, including 2003’s Eddie Murphy-starring Haunted Mansion and the 2015 George Clooney-fronted Tomorrowland. But none have made the splash of the Pirates franchise, which kicked off in 2003 with Curse of the Black Pearl. And the latter is clearly what Disney is hoping to emulate with Jungle Cruise.
With its soaring adventure vibe and goofy antics, Jungle Cruise certainly feels reminiscent of both Pirates and the Indiana Jones films. If the film can pick up on the best elements of those franchises with its hilarious stars, we’re in for a roaring time.
Jungle Cruise lands in theaters on July 24.
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