“Tonally, we just needed to strike a chord that was really well-crafted and that we curated with so much love and was made in the spirit of the films that we all grew up watching,” Blunt said.
The movie is directed by Spanish American filmmaker Jaume Collet-Serra, whom Blunt praised for his ability to balance the story’s action and heart.
“He goes, ‘You know, it’s about love,’“ Blunt said. “It was so perfect, because you could’ve talked about all the action and the spectacle and the myths and the legends and all that, but that’s when I knew, in Jaume, we had an innate romantic and a world-builder, and that’s what you need for this type of movie.”
Other cast members in “Jungle Cruise” include Edgar Ramirez and Paul Giamatti.
It’s the latest major movie that Blunt has worked on with Disney; she also starred as the title character in the 2018 sequel “Mary Poppins Returns.” “Jungle Cruise” also marks her second big film of 2021, following Paramount Pictures’ freaky thriller “A Quiet Place Part II.”
She and Johnson both raved about the “Jungle Cruise” cast’s chemistry, with Johnson adding the film is “so much more than what I expected.”
“There’s so much to do in the Disney parks, then you get on this ride and it’s almost like you can exhale and really just enjoy ...the simplicity of the ride,” Johnson said.
“But our movie is anything but simple with all the elements that we had. I think we delivered,” he said.
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