Everything We Know About Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson's 'Jungle Cruise' Movie

Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson announced Disney's Jungle Cruise movie is in production Tuesday.

The film is based on the ride of the same name in the Disney theme parks. On the ride, a guide takes a river boat's passengers on an expedition through African settings (like the Nile River) and past hippos and headhunters. The movie has been a long time coming, as Johnson's casting was announced by The Hollywood Reporter in 2015. Blunt was the next actor to sign on, according to Variety in January. The film is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows) and written by Michael Green (Logan).

"Welcome to the set of the Jungle Cruise," Blunt says at the beginning of the behind-the-scenes video. She's showing off the path behind her when Johnson interrupts. She feigns annoyance, claiming, "This was just supposed to be my thing." He argues she wanted to "be like Humphrey Bogart and Kathleen Hepburn," prompting her to correct him it's Katharine Hepburn. He also mentioned Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner, who starred in the 1980 film Romancing the Stone. Bogart and Hepburn's 1951 film The African Queen inspired the Disney ride.

"It's a love story," Blunt continues and, after pretending to be so annoyed she walks off, rejoins Johnson to offer a "welcome to the adventure of a lifetime" to the audience.

"I love working with this woman.. and I [sic] she loves working with me. I think," Johnson wrote when he shared the video on Twitter Wednesday. "All aboard! DISNEY's @JungleCruise #ALittleDittyAboutFrankAndLily." He added a cruise ship emoji and a heart emoji, teasing the love story aspect of the film.

Johnson stars as Frank, a boat captain, while Blunt plays Lily, who, along with her brother, played by Jack Whitehall, is looking for a tree with healing powers. Whitehall's casting was reported by Variety in March.

They'll encounter a rival German expedition and several villains along the way through the Amazon jungle. Edgar Ramirez signed on as a villain in April, The Hollywood Reporter wrote. Jesse Plemons was cast that same month, Variety added. The publication also reported Quim Gutierrez's casting as a villain in June.

Paul Giamatti joined the film's cast as a harbormaster in May, according to THR. The cast also includes Veronica Falcon, Dani Rovira and Andy Nyman, though their roles have not been announced, Variety reported on July 23.

Disney's Jungle Cruise is slated to hit theaters in October 2019.

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