Dwayne Johnson will star in Disney’s “Jungle Cruise” movie inspired by the theme park ride itself. The confirmation comes exclusively from the actor who is also set to star in Disney’s “Moana,” a Baywatch movie with Zac Efron, a superhero flick “Shazam,” the action-comedy “Central Intelligence,” and the “Big Trouble in Little China” remake.
Johnson confirmed stint on “Jungle Cruise”
Johnson had exclusively confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that he will be working with Disney in a film inspired by the theme park which had just celebrated its 60th year with Disneyland.
“[Disney production president] Sean Bailey and Disney have been awesome partners and now the fun part begins … We’re starting to put in the work with Requa and Ficarra and our creative team. Fired up about this one. Here we go,” Johnson reportedly told THR.
THR further stated that John Requa and Glenn Ficarra will write the screenplay. John Davis and John Fox of “Man From U.N.C.L.E” will be producing.
The said project however was not announced during the recently held D23 EXPO. In a segment dedicated to the 60th anniversary of Jungle Cruise, Walt Disney just announced Skipper Canteen, a new restaurant inspired by the popular ride. According to the announcement, the restaurant will have unique dining rooms, including a “once-hidden secret meeting room of the famed Society of Explorers and Adventurers.”
“Jungle Cruise,” from theme park to the big screen
Those familiar with the Jungle Cruise ride in Disney parks will expect the film to take them to adventures in the most exotic and exciting rivers across Asia, Africa and South Africa. Johnson may lead the sail to the famous Amazon in South America; The African Congo with the python and gorillas; The Nile River with elephants, hippos and lions; The Mekong River with baboons, cobras and other wild animals.