Dwayne Johnson is embedding himself deep into the world of Disney. Days after he appeared on stage at Disney’s D23 Expo to promote his upcoming animated film “Moana,” it’s being reported that Johnson will also star in a movie adaptation of Disney’s Jungle Cruise theme park ride.
Though the untitled movie doesn’t yet have a director, “Crazy Stupid Love” directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra are writing the script, Variety reports. Plot details are scarce, but one can assume the jungle element of the ride is going to play a big part.
This isn’t the first Disney attraction to make its way to the big screen. The Johnny Depp-starring “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise is still generating big box office hauls every time a new movie hits theaters, and “Magic Kingdom” and “Haunted Mansion” films have been in development for years.
As for “Moana,” Zap2it spoke with Johnson at D23 and he expressed excitement for the project in a group interview.
“When I started in the business 15 years ago, I wanted to be in the Disney family,” Johnson says. “The idea of being in an animated classic like this was so far-fetched, but it was still a goal. To be here now 15 years later, still as handsome as ever … is such a cool thing.”
“Moana” is about a spirited teen named Moana who sets out on a journey with demigod Maui (Johnson) to prove herself a master wayfinder. It’s due in theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.