Disney must be feeling good about the way that their Premier Access strategy has been working out for films like Mulan and Raya and the Last Dragon, as the studio has added another of their tentpole upcoming projects to the roster of films getting this treatment.
Initially scheduled as a purely theatrical release, the Mouse House has announced that Jungle Cruise will now join the upcoming Cruella and Black Widow as a hybrid release, premiering in theaters simultaneously with a Premier Access release on Disney+ where viewers can pay $30 to watch the film at home. Jungle Cruise will be released on July 30th.
The film stars Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, two marquee stars who will surely drive audiences to see the film, based on a theme park attraction, wherever it is playing. Jaume Collet-Serra (Non-Stop, The Commuter) directs the film, with a screenplay by Michael Green, Glenn Ficarra, and John Requa. Co-starring with Johnson and Blunt are Édgar Ramirez, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, and Paul Giamatti.
See the official synopsis below:
Inspired by the famous Disneyland theme park ride, Disney’s “Jungle Cruise” is an adventure-filled, rollicking thrill-ride down the Amazon with wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff and intrepid researcher Dr. Lily Houghton. Lily travels from London, England to the Amazon jungle and enlists Frank’s questionable services to guide her downriver on La Quila—his ramshackle-but-charming boat. Lily is determined to uncover an ancient tree with unparalleled healing abilities—possessing the power to change the future of medicine. Thrust on this epic quest together, the unlikely duo encounters innumerable dangers and supernatural forces, all lurking in the deceptive beauty of the lush rainforest. But as the secrets of the lost tree unfold, the stakes reach even higher for Lily and Frank and their fate—and mankind’s—hangs in the balance.