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Dwayne Johnson's Jungle Cruise will premiere in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access


Dwayne Johnson’s upcoming adventure feature Jungle Cruise will premiere simultaneously in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access

The Dwayne Johnson-starring feature Jungle Cruise will make its debut both in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access on July 30.

The news about the upcoming adventure film was first broken by Deadline, who reported that the decision to release the movie on the big and small screens was made just before an earnings call. 

The media outlet also noted that although Disney has made a habit out of debuting their newest movies on their streaming service, they are still looking to move back to theaters in the future.

Big and small screens: The upcoming Dwayne Johnson-starring Jungle Cruise is set to make its debut in theaters and on the Disney+ with Premier Access on July 30

Big and small screens: The upcoming Dwayne Johnson-starring Jungle Cruise is set to make its debut in theaters and on the Disney+ with Premier Access on July 30

Jungle Cruise’s 49-year-old star also took to his Instagram account on Thursday morning to let his 235million followers know about the feature’s future dual release.

Johnson spoke about the impact of the coronavirus on theaters around the world and remarked that it was partially up to the fans to help the motion picture industry recover from the effects of the global pandemic.

‘Now that we are coming out of COVID slowly, we’ve got to own this rebound, we’ve got to get back… in theaters, watch our movies as safe as possible,’ he said. 

The former professional wrestler went on to speak about the ‘unique experience’ that Jungle Cruise’s filmmakers attempted to provide for fans.

Rolling with the punches: Although the decision was made to release the film in theaters and the streaming service, Disney reportedly wants to begin moving back towards box offices after the end of the global pandemic

Rolling with the punches: Although the decision was made to release the film in theaters and the streaming service, Disney reportedly wants to begin moving back towards box offices after the end of the global pandemic

Getting the word out: Johnson posted a video to his Instagram account on Thursday morning to inform his 235 million followers about the upcoming feature's dual release

Getting the word out: Johnson posted a video to his Instagram account on Thursday morning to inform his 235 million followers about the upcoming feature’s dual release

He then expressed that a dual-release decision was made to ‘allow everyone around the world to watch the movie how they want to watch the movie.’ 

Johnson also related a story about watching the trailer for the first Pirates Of The Caribbean film during the early days of his career and expressed how he wanted to be able to act in a major Disney picture in the future. 

Jungle Cruise was based on the theme park attraction of the same name and underwent a lengthy development period after plans for the film were initially laid in 2004.

Long time coming: Jungle Cruise first entered the development stage in 2004 and underwent a lengthy planning process

Long time coming: Jungle Cruise first entered the development stage in 2004 and underwent a lengthy planning process

Toy Story co-stars Tom Hanks and Tim Allen were both attached to the project at one point, although they later dropped out of the production. 

The feature will follow a riverboat captain named Frank who must escort a scientist and her brother through a jungle in order to find the mythical Tree of Life while being chased by a team of rival Germans.

Other performers who are set to appear in the upcoming film include Emily Blunt, Jesse Plemons and Paul Giamatti, among others.

Storyline: The feature will follow a riverboat captain who is tasked with escorting a scientist and her brother through a jungle in order to find the mythical Tree of Life

Storyline: The feature will follow a riverboat captain who is tasked with escorting a scientist and her brother through a jungle in order to find the mythical Tree of Life

The feature entered the production stage in 2018, and shooting took place in various locations, including Atlanta and Hawaii, before filming wrapped in September of that year.

Jungle Cruise was initially supposed to be released in October of 2019 before it was pushed back to the following June, with Johnson announcing the news on his Twitter account.

The feature was further delayed to its current release date as a response to the onset of the global pandemic. 

Multiple delays: Jungle Cruise was initially supposed to make its debut in October of 2019 before it was pushed back to the following June, and it is currently set to premiere in July

Multiple delays: Jungle Cruise was initially supposed to make its debut in October of 2019 before it was pushed back to the following June, and it is currently set to premiere in July



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