‘Jungle Cruise’ trailer takes Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt on a wild ride

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Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt star in Disney's "Jungle Cruise." (Image credit: Disney)

Remember the Jungle Cruise ride in Disney World, where you get on a rickety looking boat and head down a faux Amazon River and spot hippos, crocodiles and more? Well Disney’s Jungle Cruise movie is ramping things up a bit from the ride that inspired it.

A new Jungle Cruise trailer has just been released, showing Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt heading down river in search of a legendary tree that is said to have incredible healing powers. Of course, in addition to the indigenous people, waterfalls, dangerous animals and enemy adventurers, there is likely a curse protecting the tree as well.

Joining Johnson and Blunt on the adventure are Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemmons, Edgar Ramirez, Sulem Calderon and Paul Giamatti. Juame Collet-Sera (Run All Night, The Shallows) is directing.

Disney is probably hoping that it can have similar success with Jungle Cruise like it did with another adaptation of one of its popular attractions, The Pirates of the Caribbean. With Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow leading the way, an entire franchise was launched from a 10 minute boat ride looking at animatronic pirates.

Jungle Cruise was originally slated for a 2020 summer release, but of course that didn’t happen. Now, the studio is planning a theatrical release as well as offering Jungle Cruise to Disney Plus subscribers at home for $30 on July 30 via Disney Plus Premier Access. It’s the same strategy the studio is using for Cruella, which opens May 28, as well as Black Widow on July 9. Time will tell how this release strategy pans out for the Mouse House.

Watch the trailer below.

Disney Plus has taken the streaming world by storm since its release in the fall of 2019 thanks to hit series like The Mandalorian, WandaVision and Falcon and the Winter Soldier. It also gives subscribers access to a library of classic movies and shows from Disney, the Star Wars universe, the Marvel Cinematic Universe and 20th Century Fox.

The Disney Plus price is $7.99 per month or $79.99 for the full year. Disney also offers a bundled service that includes Disney Plus, ESPN Plus and Hulu for $13.99 per month. 

Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.