Dwayne Johnson announced today that his highly anticipated Disney movie Jungle Cruise will be released simultaneously both in theatres and on Disney+ with Premier Access on July 30th
Johnson said “the most important thing with our movie was to ALWAYS take care of families around the world by giving you options to watch it,” following that up with his “audience first” motto.
Johnson plays wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff and Emily Blunt plays the role of intrepid researcher, Dr. Lily Houghton, who travels from London to the Amazon jungle and enlists Frank’s questionable services to guide her downriver on La Quila — his ramshackle-boat. Per the official synopsis, Lily is determined to uncover an ancient tree with unparalleled healing abilities — possessing the power to change the future of medicine. Thrust on this epic quest together, the unlikely duo encounters innumerable dangers and supernatural forces, all lurking in the deceptive beauty of the lush rainforest. But as the secrets of the lost tree unfold, the stakes reach even higher for Lily and Frank and their fate — and mankind’s — hangs in the balance.
Jungle Cruise will be available as part of the streaming service’s “Premier Access” option, for which subscribers must pay a one-time fee to add the movie to their Disney+ library. After that, they can watch it as much as they want. Mulan was the first film to follow this model last year, but Cruella and Black Widow will be following suit. This stands in contrast to films like Pixar’s Soul and upcoming Luca, which are simply released directly on Disney+ free to all subscribers.