Over there off the right side of the boat you can see, Golden Globe-winner Emily Blunt.
Disney announced Tuesday that the 34-year-old will be joining the cast of “Jungle Cruise,” the upcoming film based on the popular theme park ride. Blunt’s co-star is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
While the Disney ride features corny puns such as a croc named Dwayn and the river guide cautioning, “I’d really hate to see one of you go down the Dwayn,” — groan! — Disney execs envision the film in the vein of the Humphrey Bogart/Katharine Hepburn classic “The African Queen,” according to Variety, and a possible successor to the megahit “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise.
Blunt has become a bit of a fave at the Mouse House due to her portrayal of Mary Poppins in the star-stuffed “Mary Poppins Returns,” due out this Christmas, which also stars Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Dick Van Dyke. Blunt also starred in Disney’s 2014 “Into the Woods.”
Jaume Collet-Serra (“The Shallows”) has signed on to direct “Jungle Cruise.” The film starts production in May, according to Variety.