‘Jungle Cruise 2’ is officially in the works! Our favorite duo is also confirmed to return for another epic adventure.
Disney has a long history of adapting its theme park rides for the big screen, and its latest, “Jungle Cruise,” is another hit for the House of Mouse. Based on the ride of the same name, the movie stars Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, and Jack Whitehall as explorers who sail deep into the Amazon jungle to find an ancient tree that grows petals with healing capabilities. Naturally, there are some bad people who want the tree’s petals for themselves, and they’re not above summoning spirits to aid their cause.
Jungle Cruise was released in July 2021 and was a box office hit, collecting more than $210 million worldwide. With the first movie’s success, it’s no surprise that Disney would move forward with another sequel. Let’s find out the deets below!
Is The Sequel to Jungle Cruise Confirmed?
It was confirmed that Jungle Cruise 2, a sequel to the original, is officially happening and is currently in the works. Jaime Collet-Serra will helm the upcoming sequel, which also directed the first movie, along with Michael Green, who is also back to pen the script. However, it’s going to take a while for Jungle Cruise 2 to hit the theatres. Here’s what we know about the Jungle Cruise release date, cast, and more.
Jungle Cruise 2 Release Date
Though it was confirmed several months ago that a sequel is happening, an official release date has not been provided so far. Blockbuster films usually take around 2-3 years to make. The sequel is still in the very early stages of development, so we might have to wait at least until 2023 before it arrives.
The release date depends hugely on the availability of the main cast members and the implications of the pandemic. Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson are also working on a different film about Kate Warne, the first woman to become a detective at the Pinkerton Agency. Hence, it might be a while before they can start working on ‘Jungle Cruise 2.’
The cast of Jungle Cruise 2
So far, we have already confirmed the casting of Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson. The duo will reprise their respective roles as Dr. Lily Houghton and Frank the skipper.
It’s unknown for now whether Jack Whitehall, who played MacGregor, Houghton’s brother, will return in the next sequel. But we hope that he does as his character plays a significant role in building up the story though it all depends on the director and the scriptwriter.
While no other casting announcements have been made official at the time of this writing, the first movie did leave the door open to some interesting possibilities. Given that Frank has a history with Aguirre, Édgar Ramírez might be brought back as the ghostly serpentine villain. While the bad guy was turned to stone at the end of the first “Jungle Cruise,” Aguirre’s backstory with Frank has only been explored briefly. And also, the film gave us the impression that the former allies have some unfinished business with each other.
Of course, the “Jungle Cruise” ride has a wealth of interesting characters, and the sequel could feature more of them. With that in mind, expect some fresh faces to appear in “Jungle Cruise 2.”
What Is The Plot
Plot details are pretty much kept under wraps as of now. However, we expect the sequel to continue focusing on the trio that led the film to box office success. The first film follows riverboat captain Frank (Dwayne Johnson) as he takes a British scientist (Emily Blunt) and her brother (Jack Whitehall) on a mission to find the Tree of Life. The magical tree possesses healing powers that can greatly help modern medicine.
Lily wants to unlock the healing properties of the flower she got from the first film. Hence, the sequel might see MacGuffin hunting her for her research. There are plenty of avenues that Disney can explore for the upcoming sequel, and the internet is full of theories and suggestions. But at the time being, the story for the sequel is most likely still getting forged.
Jungle Cruise 2 Producer Hiram Garcia teased on the upcoming sequel that Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt’s characters will be so much fun with intriguing stories.