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Dwayne Johnson shares first look at Disney’s epically huge Jungle Cruise set

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Aug 9, 2018

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt ushered in the month of August with a fun Bogart-and-Hepburn vibe when they welcomed fans to the production start for Disney’s upcoming live action Jungle Cruise movie. Now, Johnson’s back with a new clip that pulls the camera back to reveal just how epic the scope of the theme park-based adventure film’s set truly is.

Giving a mini-crash course in Jungle Cruise history along the way (“Walt Disney himself was the very first skipper for the very first Jungle Cruise ride!,” he lessons), Johnson hyped the film adaptation before letting the camera pan back to reveal the grandeur of a tropical lagoon ringed by the film’s sprawling, steep hillside set.

What’s Disney’s plot for a film that’s based on a leisurely theme park water attraction? Johnson’s boat captain, Frank, leads a gang of adventurers on a trip into the heart of the jungle to locate a mystical tree; one that Blunt’s character, Lily, has a special interest in finding with help from her brother, who’s played by Jack Whitehall. 

The vibe is a family-friendly cross between old classics like The African Queen and more set piece-heavy action movies like Raiders of the Lost Ark. To add that necessary dose of conflict, too, the good guys are in a race against the clock against a rival German boat (there are those Raiders echoes we mentioned), whose crew is searching for the same magic tree.

Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (House of Wax, Run All Night), Jungle Cruise also stars Jesse Plemons, Paul Giamatti, and Edgar Ramirez. Get set to ride along with Johnson into Disney’s version of the heart of darkness when Jungle Cruise glides into theaters on Oct. 11 of next year.