Jungle Cruise release delayed until 2020

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 20 October 2018
Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson

Disney's family adventure movie 'Jungle Cruise' - based on the popular theme park attraction of the same name - has been pushed back to 2020

Disney's 'Jungle Cruise' has been pushed back to 2020.

The family adventure movie – based on the popular theme park attraction of the same name – was originally expected to drop on October 10, 2019 but it has now been delayed until July 24, 2020.

The movie's star Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson shared a trailer for the film on Twitter and wrote: "IT'S OFFICIAL – JULY 24th, 2020. Ladies and gentlemen and children of all ages. My partner in crime, Emily Blunt and I, lovingly invite you to join us for THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME. All aboard...@DisneyStudios JUNGLE CRUISE (sic)."

The Disneyland attraction features a riverboat which takes travellers on a journey through a dangerous jungle, and producers are hoping it will follow 'Pirates of the Caribbean' as Disney's next big franchise.

Earlier this year, it was revealed that Jack Whitehall is set to play Disney's first ever openly gay character in the movie.

The 30-year-old actor's role is set to be a significant one in the studio's long history.

A source said: "This is a huge gig for Jack and has landed him his biggest ever pay check.

"But, more excitingly, he is playing a gay man – one who is hugely effete, very camp and very funny. It's a dream role.

"Disney's always been incredibly supportive of the LGBTQ community. This latest script, set [in the 19th century] at a time when it wasn't socially acceptable to be gay, is another significant turning point."

It's thought Whitehall has landed a seven figure deal for his role in the movie.

Although his character with be the first openly gay man written into one of Disney's films, last year's 'Beauty and the Beast' saw Josh Gad's LeFou flirting with Gaston (played by Luke Evans) in the company's first 'gay moment' on screen.

Jungle Cruise

  • 3 stars
  • 2021
  • US
  • 2h 7min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra
  • Written by: Michael Green, Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
  • Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Jack Whitehall, Édgar Ramírez, Jesse Plemons, Paul Giamatti
  • UK release: 30 July 2021

Fantasy adventure in which a small riverboat takes a group of passengers through a jungle filled with dangerous creatures and supernatural hazards.