Emily Blunt & Dwayne Johnson Set Sail In 2nd “Jungle Cruise” Trailer
Disney has dropped the second trailer for Jungle Cruise, starring Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson in an adventure film suitable for the whole family. The movie is indeed based on the theme park ride, an adaptation that Disney’s done before, of course, with Pirates of the Caribbean, which spawned five films from 2003 to 2017 and was a cinematic juggernaut for most of that stretch. With Jungle Cruise, director Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows, Orphan) is working with the aforementioned pair of megawatt stars in Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson and his own considerable skills at ratcheting up tension. It’s an intriguing combination of director, stars, and conceit, and the second trailer gives us a bit more to go on. Not for nothing, the film’s soundtrack is provided by Metallica, which we’re guessing is a collaboration you might not have seen coming.
Johnson stars as a riverboat captain named Frank Wolff, taking on Blunt’s explorer Lily Houghton, who reluctantly team up to find the Tree of Life deep in the Amazon. If the mythical tree exists, it could hold the key to a world-changing elixir. The trailer begins with action right away, revealing Blunt’s Dr. Houghton and Johnson’s Frank Wolff on the run from some bad guys. We find out a bit more about the Tree of Life (it can cure any disease), which means our heroes won’t be the only folks looking for it. The dangers are plenty—wild animals, crazy traps, monsters, and the great Jesse Plemmons as a villain who will do whatever it takes to stop them.
It seems safe to bet on the chemistry of the stars and the quality of the action and effects in Collet-Serra’s hands. Joining Blunt, Johnson, and Plemmons are Edgar Ramirez, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, and Paul Giamatti.
Check out the trailer below. Jungle Cruise sets sail in theaters and on Disney+ Premiere Access on July 30, 2021.
Here’s the synopsis from Disney:
“Inspired by the famous Disneyland theme park ride, Disney’s “Jungle Cruise” is an adventure-filled, rollicking thrill-ride down the Amazon with wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff and intrepid researcher Dr. Lily Houghton. Lily travels from London, England to the Amazon jungle and enlists Frank’s questionable services to guide her downriver on La Quila—his ramshackle-but-charming boat. Lily is determined to uncover an ancient tree with unparalleled healing abilities—possessing the power to change the future of medicine. Thrust on this epic quest together, the unlikely duo encounters innumerable dangers and supernatural forces, all lurking in the deceptive beauty of the lush rainforest. But as the secrets of the lost tree unfold, the stakes reach even higher for Lily and Frank and their fate—and mankind’s—hangs in the balance.”
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