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Big-screen adaptations: Jesse Plemons and Edgar Ramirez swing villain roles in Jungle Cruise, Deadpool 2 director takes on Ubisoft's The Division

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Apr 19, 2018, 6:41 PM EDT (Updated)

Disney's adaption of its Jungle Cruise ride just took two big steps forward by casting Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad) and Edgar Ramirez (Bright) as the film's villains, according to Variety. Loosely based on the theme-park attraction at several Disney parks, the adaptation follows in the vein of Pirates of the Caribbean, which was also adapted from a classic and beloved ride. If all goes well, the House of Mouse could have another major, not to mention multibillion-dollar blockbuster franchise on their hands. 

Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows and originally considered for Suicide Squad 2) will direct, with star Dwayne Johnson in the main role, turning the actor's "Jungle Trilogy" into a quadrilogy after Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Jumanji, and Rampage. Jack Whitehall (The Nutcracker and the Four Realms) and Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place) both co-star in the project, which has been described as sort of a spiritual sequel to Humphrey Bogart's The African Queen. 


Speaking of established forms of non-cinematic entertainment being turned into movies, Deadpool 2 director David Leitch is helming a movie based on Ubisoft's video game The Division, reports Variety. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal (Life) and Jessica Chastain (currently in talks to join the IT sequel), The Division takes place in a future version of New York City where a smallpox pandemic recently ravaged the city.

The game upon which the project will draw its plot is named Tom Clancy's The Division, in spite of the property not being based on any book written by the late author. However, Gyllenhaal and Chastain will most likely play agents of the game's titular government agency, the Strategic Homeland Division or "The Division" for short. The group's MO is to help rebuild Manhattan, discover the source of the pandemic, and fight any crime waves created as a direct result of the outbreak. 

Leitch is also directing a Fast and Furious spinoff with Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel at Universal, which will shoot before Division does. The director took over on The Division when Stephen Gaghan left the project. Gaghan is currently attached to The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle with Robert Downey Jr. as the eponymous doctor, who can talk to animals.