Disney’s Jungle Cruise has just found its last cast member when British comic actor and comedian Jack Whitehall was selected to work in an important role with Dwayne Johnson. Whitehall is ready to play a close relative of Emily Blunt’s character as the company’s latest attempt to undertake a film tour based on a physical tour brings together the cast.
Inspired by the success of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Jungle Cruise was once intended to be a true action combination of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen of Toy Story, but never beyond the development stage. In 2015, however, the concept was updated and rewritten as a vehicle for Dwayne Johnson. The production of the project has been rather slow since then, but last year a 2018 schedule was announced, which also caught the eye when it was announced that Emily Blunt was confirmed as the female lead opposite Johnson. More information about the cast indicated some of the characters’ details, namely, that Johnson was playing with a “brilliant riverboat captain” named Frank (or Francisco), and Blunt was playing a scientist named Lily Houghton. Although this is obviously based on the trip to Disneyland, where a boat flows through a jungle full of dangerous animatronic beasts, no details of the attacks are yet known.
However, as Variety reports that Whitehall was included in the film, the list of actors has now grown by 50 percent and could give an indication of the tone of the film. Apparently he will play with Lily Houghton’s brother, although the name of his film is not yet known. It is also suggested that he has a “key role” in the plot and that it is not simply a comic film or a background figure. To some extent, it’s a smart casting, as Blunt and Whitehall put similar accents in real life.
Whitehall is a well-known and prolific artist in the UK. His comedy tours are usually sold out and his stand-up special is still aired on Netflix. Whitehall also has a long history of comedy, with the long-running comedy program Bad Education, one of the most successful. This almost became an adaptation of EE. UU Titled An American ABC education in 2014 that would have transplanted its character (Alfie Wickers) to the United States even though it never passed the pilot phase. He has since appeared on Garry Marshall’s Mother’s Day, plays harlequin in The Nutcracker and The Four Realms, and will also star in Amazon’s good name.
Jaume Collet-Serra is the director of the film, with Michael Green (Logan) describing the latest version of the script. Given Whitehall’s presence, it’s easy to envision some one-sided quarrels between him and Johnson, and it’s good to say that his character is likely to bring some humor to the mix. Moreover, every other reflection in action corresponds to conjecture. It is based on an expedition in the jungle, but is it a rescue, a treasure / animal search or something else? Johnson had previously taken the trouble that the conspiracy was set in the 1920s, and called them repeatedly an “adventure movie”. But we have to wait for more announcements before deciding if this will be another franchise for The Rock.