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Disney's Jungle Cruise movie with the Rock: How and where to watch this summer

Disneyland's Jungle Cruise ride has inspired a movie starring the Rock and Emily Blunt, and it's coming July 30.

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Disney's The Jungle Cruise sails into theaters July 30, 2021.

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Get ready for jungle-themed puns and Disneyland references as the Jungle Cruise movie finally hits theaters in July 2021, starring Disney favorites Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson and Emily Blunt.  

Here's everything we know about the Amazon adventure so far.

The Jungle Cruise: How and when to watch

Because of delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Disney's Jungle Cruise is scheduled for release on July 30, after being put off for more than a year. It'll launch in theaters and via paid Premier Access on Disney Plus on that day, and will be made available to all Disney Plus subscribers three months later for no extra fee.

Until it's more widely available, accessing the movie in Premier Access will cost an additional $30 on top of your monthly Disney Plus bill.

The plot and trailers: What's Jungle Cruise all about?

The Jungle Cruise movie is based on the Disneyland ride of the same name. Johnson plays a boat skipper named Frank, who takes Blunt's character Lily and her brother McGregor on a mission to find a tree that has magical healing powers. (McGregor is played by British stand-up comedian Jack Whitehall, who you may recognize from the Good Omens series on Amazon Prime.)

The journey will see them fight wild animals and compete against a rival German expedition, with Disney adding that there will be a "supernatural element."

According to Blunt, who also starred in Disney's recent Mary Poppins Returns, "it's a love story." Much of the information on filming, production, plot and cast originally came from the Rock's Instagram page. "[It's] the adventure of a lifetime," he said in a behind-the-scenes video. The Rock also previously voiced Moana character Maui for Disney.

Ahead of the upcoming release date, a new trailer dropped in late May, showing off Jesse Plemons' submarine-captaining villain.

Walt Disney Jungle Cruise Disneyland

Walt Disney and Louie Francuz, Disneyland park engineer and repairman, inspect the animatronic animals in the African Safari section of the Jungle Cruise ride.


Disneyland's Jungle Cruise: What is it?

It's no surprise that Disney is going after another ride-based movie, after the success of its Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise. The Jungle Cruise is even older than the Pirates ride -- it was the only attraction to exist in Adventureland on Disneyland's opening day in 1955.

The Jungle Cruise attraction features a boat ride through a man-made jungle, with each tour led by a skipper who follows a pun-filled script. The boat travels past crocodiles, piranhas, monkeys, elephants, rhinos, cannibals, hippos and of course the infamous back side of water, the eighth wonder of the world.

As he prepared for the movie, Johnson said on Instagram, Disney's Imagineers let him see the original Jungle Cruise concept art from the 1950s, as well as giving him an "oral/visual history lesson behind the iconic ride and its infamous and relentlessly entertaining skippers."

The ride is currently being overhauled at both Disneyland and Disney World to include new scenes and remove out-of-date cultural depictions. It's set to reopen at Disneyland on July 16, in time for the movie's release.

Cast and crew: Who's in it?

The film's director is Jaume Collet-Serra, whose previous credits include The Shallows and The Commuter. The official cast includes:

  • The Rock as Frank.
  • Emily Blunt as Lily Houghton.
  • Jack Whitehall as McGregor Houghton.
  • Jesse Plemons as the villain. 
  • Paul Giamatti.
  • Edgar Ramírez as Aguirre.
  • Raphael Alejandro as Zaqueu.
  • Andy Nyman as Sir James Hobbs-Coddington.
  • Simone Lockhart as Anna.
  • Sulem Calderon as Quila.

Other characters listed for the movie include warriors and mercenaries; hotel guests and bar patrons; soldiers and archaeologists; valets and a hotel maitre D'; merchants and animal vendors; bus conductors; and tourists and society members from Germany, France, Italy and London.