On Friday, Disney’s Jungle Cruise announced a brand new release date for the film starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt.
The film was originally scheduled to release in October of 2019, however, it has now been pushed back to July 24, 2020. Johnson himself announced the date change via his social media pages.
While it’s not uncommon for films to change premiere dates, the shift of Jungle Cruise is particularly interesting. The film’s new release date is set one week prior to a date which Marvel had an untitled film slotted for release. The Hollywood Reporter says that the Marvel untitled film has since been removed from that date which leads to speculation that perhaps that’s when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 was supposed to be released.
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. With an appearance by Trader Sam.
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.
Jungle Cruise hits theater on October 11, 2018.