Disney has locked down Jesse Plemons for Jungle Cruise opposite Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, per Variety.
Plemons will be playing one of the film’s villains, along with Edgar Ramirez. Jack Whitehall will be playing Emily Blunt’s brother in the film, which is said to be a key role in the storyline.
Jaume Collet-Serra will be directing the movie based on the classic theme park attraction, which operates in several Disney Parks across the globe, including the US, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. The ride takes guests on a guided tour through the major rivers of Asia, Africa, and South America. Michael Green penned the most recent draft of the script, rewriting the previous screenplay by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay.
Disney is hoping to develop the film as a possible franchise in the same vein as its billion-dollar Pirates of the Caribbean series.
The film, originally slated for release in 2007, has gone through various delays and changes. Shooting of the film, originally scheduled for 2006, was cancelled. According to CinemaBlend, this screenplay followed a group’s riverboat journey through a jungle in search of a cure and featured a contemporary setting. Tom Hanks and Tim Allen were set to star as a Skipper and a frustrated passenger until this version was cancelled.
Plemons can most recently be scene in The Post, Fargo, Black Mirror, and his scene-stealing role in Game Night.
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