The long-awaited Jungle Cruise film adaptation is finally here and it's as though fans already know they can't get enough of the Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt duo. So when can we expect to see a second instalment from Disney?
The first film, which lands on Disney+ on 30th July 2021, has been in the making since 2017 (with thanks to COVID-19 for slowing things down). The Rock was adamant that the A Quiet Place actress was the only co-star he wanted for this project.
The film is based on the 65-year-old riverboat cruise theme park ride and it's hoped it'll garner the success that the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, another ride-inspired movie, did.
And we wouldn't be surprised if a return to the jungle was on the cards, much like Johnson starred in a sequel to the revamped Jumanji movie where the main characters revisit the fictional world for a whole new challenge.
And by the sounds of it - the stars of the movie would be up for doing a second Jungle Cruise. In a featurette posted by Disney, The Rock said he felt "so lucky to work with this incredible cast" on this movie and Emily Blunt said "Dwayne Johnson has become my most enormous buddy" - aww.
What is Jungle Cruise about?
The fantasy-adventure film is set in the early 20th century, with Blunt playing the pants-wearing intrepid female explorer Dr Lily Houghton, and Johnson playing the doctor's steamboat captain, Frank Wolff.
Dr Houghton hires Wolff to navigate her steamboat through the jungle river on her quest to find the Tree of Life, which she believes to hold powerful healing properties. But it's not going to be easy to get there - as Wolff puts it "everything out there wants to kill you."
Throughout the movie, Wolff (Johnson), Dr Houghton (Blunt) and her brother (Jack Whitehall) have to overcome mystical forest beasts and rival expeditions to be the first to find the Tree of Life - and with this fantasy world being filled with so many adventures and challenges for the explorers, there's plenty of leeway for a second, maybe even a third movie.
Jungle Cruise 2 release date
With the first Jungle Cruise due out on 31st July 2021 and both Johnson and Blunt tied up in other movies at the moment, the earliest we could expect to see a second Jungle Cruise movie would be 2023.
Filming for the first movie started in May 2018 and wrapped several months later, with a lengthy, complex post-production period thanks to the level of computer generated images.
With that in mind, and putting aside delays due to the pandemic, if a new film was announced in mid-2021, we would expect filming to start early in 2022 (providing the cast is available) and for it to be released sometime in 2023.
However, this is all speculation at the moment and we'll let you know as soon as we hear anymore.
Jungle Cruise 2 trailer
As Jungle Cruise 2 isn't even being officially considered yet, it's far too soon to expect a trailer.
We'll let you know as soon as we hear more, but in the meantime, here's a reminder of the first Jungle Cruise trailer.
Jungle Cruise 2 cast
We would expect all of the key characters from the first movie to feature in a return to the jungle for a second instalment, so Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt and Jack Whitehall.
We could also see the return of Jesse Plemons as Prince Joachim, Edgar Remirez as Aguirre and harbourmaster Nilo (Paul Giamatti).
Other cast members of note from the first movie are:
- Veronica Falcón (Queen of the South) as Trader Sam, a female version of the character from the ride
- Sulem Calderon (Nona, One of the Good Ones) as Quila
- Andy Nyman (Judy, Death at a Funeral) as Sir James Hobbs-Coddington
- Raphael Alejandro (Once Upon a Time) as Zaqueu
- Simone Lockhart (Sweet Magnolias, Manhunt: Unabomber) as Anna