The casting on Disney’s potential franchise-starter JUNGLE CRUISE continues to come together as British stand-up comedian actor Jack Whitehall is joining Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt in the action-adventure.
Whitehall will play the key role of Blunt’s brother in the film, which is being directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (The Commuter) based on the Disneyland theme park attraction that takes riders on a river cruise through the jungle.
Back in January, Collet-Serra told the Tracking Board that Jungle Cruise will be a very different movie from Johnson’s late 2017 hit Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.
Logan‘s Oscar-nominated screenwriter Michael Green wrote the latest draft of the screenplay over original work by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay.
John Davis and John Fox are producing the film through Davis Entertainment, while Beau Flynn will produce via FlynnPictureCo. and Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia are producing through Seven Bucks Productions. Scott Sheldon is co-producing the movie which is scheduled to start production in May, filming in Atlanta and Hawaii.
Jungle Cruise is the latest high-profile co-production by Johnson and Garcia’s Seven Bucks for Johnson to star, following the global hit Jumanji. They also have the WB/New Line action film Rampage opening in a few weeks on April 13 plus Skyscraper with Universal and Legendary Pictures opening over the summer two months later.
Stand-up comedian Whitehall created and starred in the British sitcom Bad Education, which was also a feature film, and he has appeared as an actor in Gary Marshall’s final film Mother’s Day and Disney’s upcoming Nutcracker and the Four Realms, directed by Lasse Hallstrom. Whitehall’s comedy special Jack Whitehall: At Large is currently streaming on Netflix, and he will also appear in Amazon’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor