Dwayne Johnson to star in Disney’s Jungle Cruise

Ryan Leston
UK Movies Writer
Dwayne Johnson in Journey 2 – Credit: Warner Bros.

The Rock is heading deep into the jungle.

And no, it’s not another ‘Jumanji’.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, it looks as though Dwayne Johnson has landed the leading role in Disney’s upcoming ‘Jungle Cruise’ – based on the classic theme park ride.

“The actor has closed a deal to star in Jungle Cruise, Disney’s live-action adaptation of its iconic theme park ride. Johnson has found room in his busy schedule, slotting the movie in for a spring 2018 start of production.”

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‘Jungle Cruise’ is based on the ride of the same name – one of Disneyland’s original 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.

And now, it’s heading to the big screen.

Of course, this wouldn’t be the first Disneyland ride to get its own film.

‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ is based on the ride of the same name, with other ride-based movies including ‘Tomorrowland’ and ‘The Haunted Mansion’. But while ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ has been a huge success for Disney, the others have opened to varying success.

Can Jungle Cruise top Jumanji? – Credit: Columbia Pictures

But can Dwayne Johnson guarantee ‘Jungle Cruise’ will be a success?

“Johnson will also produce the adventure project with Dany Garcia, the co-CEO of the duo’s Seven Bucks Productions banner and who counts Baywatch, Ballers and the Jumanji re-imagining among her credits for 2017.”

‘Jungle Cruise’ has had Dwayne Johnson attached to star since 2015… but with the fim deep in development, it went through several drafts as well as several writers.

“With the script looking more solid, Johnson was ready to slot it into his schedule.”

But will it top the ‘Jumanji’ reboot? For now, we have to wait and see.

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