In anticipation of the upcoming release of “Jungle Cruise,” Emily Blunt and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson opened up a bit about their experiences starring in the film. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Johnson said that he always knew he wanted Blunt to star opposite him in “Jungle Cruise,” but revealed that his and Disney’s initial attempts to get Blunt to read the film’s script and sign on to the project went unanswered.
At the time, Blunt was apparently looking to take a break from acting, coming off her back-to-back appearances in “Mary Poppins Returns” and “A Quiet Place.” It was ultimately a joint effort made by Johnson and “Jungle Cruise” director Jaume Collet-Serra that convinced Blunt to participate in the film. Knowing that Collet-Serra planned on flying to New York to speak with Blunt in person, Johnson said that he shot a video of himself asking Blunt to join him on the adventure. “I must have shot it about five or six times because I had not communicated with Emily yet,” Johnson admitted. “I had not even met her. And I wanted to let her know via this video just how important she was to this movie and how I only wanted her in this movie.”
While Johnson joked that Blunt never acknowledged the video and just “ghosted” him after her meeting with Collet-Serra, Blunt said that she “thought the video was sweet” before teasingly adding that she didn’t think Johnson would be “so sensitive” about it. The duo went on to reveal that Blunt was ultimately won over by Johnson’s personal message and her conversation with Collet-Serra, who apparently told her that he wanted “Jungle Cruise” to bring to mind the “Indiana Jones” franchise and other iconic adventure films like “Romancing the Stone.” Blunt read the film’s script shortly after that meeting — and, as THR states, “with the additional help of a generous payday,” she agreed to star in it. The rest is, as they say, history.
“Jungle Cruise” hits theaters in the United States on Friday, July 30, and will be available on Disney+ with Premier Access the same day.