Disney’s Jungle Cruise with Dwayne Johnson at the forefront has added another star to its cast list. British comedian Jack Whitehall has joined the film, and he’ll be playing Emily Blunt’s brother. His role is a key in the storyline.
Whitehall is a stand-up comedian who created and starred in Bad Education, a British sitcom that later became a feature film. Whitehall has also appeared in Garry Marshall’s Mother’s Day and is set to appear in Disney’s Nutcracker and the Four Realms directed by Lasse Holstrom. He currently has a stand-up special on Netflix titled Jack Whitehall: At Large. He is also currently working on Amazon’s Good Omen’s and Netflix’s Travel With My Father.
Jungle Cruise will be directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. The film will be based on the Disney attraction, which operates in several Disney parks and takes guests on a guided tour through the rivers of the world. Michael Green, nominated for an Oscar for Logan penned the most recent draft of the script. He rewrote a screenplay by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. Dwayne Johnson, and Hiram and Dany Garcia will produce via Seven Bucks (which have Rampage and Skyscraper releasing later this year). Jungle Cruise will begin production in May.
Disney plans on turning this into a billion-dollar franchise like the Pirates of the Caribbean series. The film will star Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt along with Whitehall. This will be the second Disney ride turned into a film. Based on the success of Pirates of the Caribbean this film will be no different.
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