Production is underway on Disney’s Jungle Cruise. Based on Walt Disney’s classic Disneyland attraction. The big question is how closely will this film honor the ride? Well now we have learned that an iconic character from the attraction will appear.
According to ThatHashtagShow, Trader Sam will appear in the film. What’s interesting is the outlet states that the characters role could be male or female. Trader Sam who appears towards the end of the ride, offering a 2 for 1 special, also has his own bar near the Disneyland Hotel.
The plot will be centered around the search for the mystical Tree of Life which is said to have curative powers. (No word yet if this will be connected to the Tree of Life that can be found in Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.)
Dwayne Johnson is playing Frank, A witty riverboat captain cursed with immortality who takes Lily Houghton down the river. Blunt will play Lily Houghton, Spunky scientist in search of the Tree of Life. Her quest is inspired in part by the death of her brother which was caused by an infectious disease. Jack Whitehall will play Blunt’s brother. With Edgar Ramirez and Jesse Plemons joining as villains, and Paul Giamatti as crusty harbormaster.
Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows, The Commuter) is set to direct the film, with Flavio Labiano (Non-Stop) as cinematographer, The Jungle Book VFX supervisor will also oversee VFX on Jungle Cruise.
There is no official release date for Jungle Cruise as of yet.