Dwayne Johnson's Jungle Cruise movie sails ahead with Disney
The actor will star in and produce the Disney film, based on the theme park attraction.
One of the busiest actors in Hollywood just found some spare time to shoot his next movie. After it was revealed in 2015 that Dwayne Johnson was attached to star in a movie adaptation of Disney’s Jungle Cruise attraction, the Fate of the Furious star confirmed his involvement over social media on Friday.
“The big one we’ve been working on. Building out this huge property with @Disney is gonna be fun,” he tweeted. According to The Hollywood Reporter, which was first to announce the news, Johnson will both star in and produce Jungle Cruise, which is scheduled to begin filming in spring of 2018 with a screenplay from This Is Us executive producers John Requa and Glenn Ficarra. Dany Garcia of Johnson’s Seven Bucks Entertainment banner will also produce, though no director has been named as of yet.
“Finding our director is gonna be fun,” Johnson added on Twitter. “A visionary who can balance huge action with comic charm. The cruise of a lifetime.”
Johnson has swiftly moved from Baywatch to The Fate of the Furious to Jumanji to the wrestling movie Fighting With My Family, and he’ll soon start filming Rampage with costars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Naomie Harris, Jake Lacey, and Joe Manganiello. He also has the action film Skyscraper, the DC movie Shazam!, Big Trouble In Little China, and Doc Savage lined up, on top of his continuing work for HBO’s Ballers.
No plot details on Jungle Cruise is known, but Disney has been trying to get this project going for several years; Toy Story voice actors Tom Hanks and Tim Allen were once attached. This will follow in the footsteps of Pirates of the Caribbean and Tomorrowland as a film based on a Disney theme park attraction.
See Johnson’s tweets below.