Disney has just unleashed the first trailer for Jungle Cruise, which is based the river boat attraction of the same name at Disneyland. Starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Emily Blunt, the first trailer gives an indication of what to expect. Johnson takes the role of a riverboat captain tasked with escorting Blunt's Lily Houghton in search of a magical tree deep in the Amazon.
Also starring in the film is Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, Paul Giamatti, Édgar Ramírez, and Andy Nyman. The trailer doesn't showcase much of the peripheral cast, but it does boast plenty of action. The Jaume Collet-Serra-directed Jungle Cruise will hit theaters on July 24, 2020.
This isn't the first time Disney has adapted one its rides for the big screen. The wildly successful Pirates of the Caribbean series was based on a ride, while The Haunted Mansion, Tower of Terror, Mission to Mars, The Country Bears, and Tomorrowland also took inspiration from Disneyland. It was previously announced in 2010 that Guillermo Del Toro was working on another film based on the Haunted Mansion attraction, but the director hasn't made any announcements about the project for a while.
Last year, Jungle Cruise caused a stir when it was announced that British comedian Jack Whitehall's character in the film would be gay. Some were upset over the decision to cast a straight actor in the role, with an article in The Guardian accusing Disney of queer erasure.