‘Jungle Cruise,’ directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (‘Orphan’), is an adventure film based on the Disney theme park attraction of the same name. Set during the World War I era, it tells the story of Captain Frank Wolff, Dr. Lily Houghton, and her brother MacGregor, who travel to the depths of an Amazon Jungle in search of the Tree of Life, a mythical tree said to have miraculous healing abilities.
The film is a family-friendly joyride that acts as an engaging source of escapism from our daily life. Naturally, viewers must be curious to find out whether another such enchanting adventure awaits us in the form of a follow-up to the film. In that case, allow us to share everything we know about a potential ‘Jungle Cruise’ sequel.
Jungle Cruise Sequel Release Date
‘Jungle Cruise’ premiered on July 24, 2021, at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. The film was released by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures on July 30, 2021, in theatres and on Disney+ (with Premiere Access). It has received a mixed reception from critics who praised the odd couple dynamic between its lead pair but criticized the writing.
In terms of a sequel, no official announcement has been made by the studio. However, the cast of the film has already expressed an interest in returning for a follow-up, and discussions have reportedly taken place between Disney and co-producer Dwayne Johnson to continue the story. It is likely that the studio will wait to see the audience’s reaction and the movie’s box office performance before officially announcing a sequel.
Even if a sequel is greenlit in the coming months, the busy schedules of its lead cast could result in a considerable amount of time passing before the follow-up can go on the floors. Therefore, ‘Jungle Cruise 2’ could sail onto our screens sometime in 2024, at the earliest.
Jungle Cruise Sequel Cast: Who Can Be in it?
‘Jungle Cruise’ stars Dwayne Johnson as Captain Frank “Skipper” Wolff, Emily Blunt as Dr. Lily Houghton, and Jack Whitehall as MacGregor Houghton in the lead roles. Joining them in supporting roles are Édgar Ramírez, Jesse Plemons, and Paul Giamatti as Aguirre, Prince Joachim, and Nilo Nemolato, respectively.
Johnson and Blunt’s chemistry has been a highlight of the original film and a sequel happening without their involvement seems unlikely. Therefore, the duo could reprise their roles in ‘Jungle Cruise 2′ while Whitehall could also potentially return. The remaining cast members’ involvement will depend on the sequel’s plot. Actor Kevin Hart, who frequently collaborates with Johnson, could feature in the sequel along with some other new additions to the cast.
Jungle Cruise Sequel Plot: What Can it Be About?
In the climax of ‘Jungle Cruise,’ it is revealed that Frank is actually dead, and his spirit has been cursed to remain on the island. With the last petal from the Tree of Life, Lily and MacGregor manage to bring Frank back to life and break his curse. Frank then moves to London to live with Lily. While the movie’s ending does not set up a sequel, it leaves a clean slate for the follow-up to start afresh.
‘Jungle Cruise 2’ could follow Frank, Lily, and MacGregor on another voyage into the unknown. Lily is likely to continue her botanical research and could come across a new source to recreate the healing abilities of the Tree of Life. The sequel could feature sci-fi elements as opposed to its predecessor’s fantasy elements to keep things fresh.