Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt to reunite for Ball and Chain

Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt are to reunite for new superhero movie Ball and Chain.The duo are reportedly attached to a new blockbuster which will see them team up once more after starring opposite each other for the first time in Disney’s action adv…

Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt are to reunite for new superhero movie Ball and Chain.

The duo are reportedly attached to a new blockbuster which will see them team up once more after starring opposite each other for the first time in Disney’s action adventure Jungle Cruise.

In the big-screen adaptation of Scott Lobdell’s four-part comic book series, which was published in 1999, Johnson and Blunt will play Edgar and Mallory Bulson, a couple who have decided to divorce.

However, they have to learn to put their differences aside after a mysterious meteor strike gives them extraterrestrial superpowers, which only work when they get along with one another.

The Big Sick co-writer Emily V. Gordon is penning the script, with Johnson and Blunt producing alongside Kevin Misher, who previously worked with the Hobbs & Shaw star on last year’s Fighting with My Family.

According to Deadline, several studios are interested but Netflix is the current frontrunner to purchase the superhero blockbuster for their streaming service.

Johnson and Blunt’s action adventure Jungle Cruise was due to be released on 24 July, but has now been postponed until next summer due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The British actress was also due to be seen in her husband John Krasinski’s horror sequel A Quiet Place Part II in March, but its release has been pushed back to September, while the former wrestler’s Netflix movie Red Notice was forced to shut down production after lockdown measures were introduced to stop the spread of the virus.

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Disney sets new release date for Black Widow

Scarlett Johansson’s standalone superhero movie Black Widow will now be released in cinemas in November. The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) outing, which also stars Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz, was originally set to be relea…

Scarlett Johansson’s standalone superhero movie Black Widow will now be released in cinemas in November.

The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) outing, which also stars Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz, was originally set to be released on 1 May, but was shelved back in March and delayed indefinitely.

However, on Friday, Disney bosses released an extensive revision of their 2020-2021 schedule and announced Black Widow would open in cinemas on 6 November, replacing Eternals. All other MCU projects in the pipeline have been pushed back, with Eternals now opening on 12 February 2021, followed by Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, a project which has been temporarily halted mid-production, on 7 May 2021, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on 5 November 2021, and then Thor: Love and Thunder, Black Panther 2, and Captain Marvel 2 in 2022.

Outside of Marvel films, Disney executives have also delayed the release of Jungle Cruise, starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, and Indiana Jones 5, featuring Harrison Ford, by almost a year later than expected. Ryan Reynolds’s action-comedy Free Guy has been pushed back from July to December and Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch has shifted from July to October.

In a surprising move, they announced sci-fi fantasy film Artemis Fowl, which was due to have a theatrical run from 29 May, will now premiere on Disney+, making it the studio’s first film to skip its cinema release entirely.

Other Disney properties such as The New Mutants, The Woman in the Window, Antlers, and The Personal History of David Copperfield remain without release dates.

However, Disney officials are yet to shift the release of their Pixar animation Soul, with it still being set to open on 19 June, although this is expected to change. They have also kept the release dates for Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story remake on 18 December and Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel on 25 December.

Most big studio releases have vacated their summer slot. One of the last holdouts, the Candyman reboot, was also moved from June to September by MGM/Universal bosses over the weekend, and film experts are now waiting for Warner Bros. officials to shift Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which is still set for release on 17 July.

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Dwayne Johnson confident Jungle Cruise will be worth long release delay

Dwayne Johnson is confident July 2021 is the perfect time to release Jungle Cruise.Executives at Disney announced last week that the upcoming action-adventure flick would be unveiled on 30 July 2021 in the U.S. – a full year after its intended debut of…

Dwayne Johnson is confident July 2021 is the perfect time to release Jungle Cruise.

Executives at Disney announced last week that the upcoming action-adventure flick would be unveiled on 30 July 2021 in the U.S. – a full year after its intended debut of 24 July 2020 – amongst a host of other titles postponed by the coronavirus crisis.

Social distancing measures have forced cinemas to temporarily shut down, and studios are holding back new films until audiences may safely gather to view them.

In light of the news, Johnson, who stars in the film alongside Emily Blunt, elaborated on the delay to his Instagram followers and commented: “I feel great and bullish about this date as it gives us time for Disney to be fully operational in all their businesses – theme parks, hotels, cruise ships, but more importantly, it gives the world time to bounce back to living confidently.”

The star’s comment indicates Disney bosses see the appeal of Jungle Cruise reaching beyond theatres, hinting the studio will heavily cross-promote Jungle Cruise throughout its empire. This would be a natural move given the movie takes its premise from an already established theme park ride.

And speaking in a video uploaded to Instagram, Johnson remained focused on the global pandemic and the health and safety of all Disney employees and said it was important all concerned had “emotional confidence” in returning to work.

“Emotional confidence allows us to get our kids back to school feeling good about that, allows us to get back to work feeling good about that, allows our Disney employees our Disney team members to get back to work, too, and spread that joy and happiness as they love doing and are so proud to do,” the 47-year-old added.

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Ryan Reynolds joins Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot in Red Notice

Ryan Reynolds has signed on to join Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot in Red Notice.The action film has been in development for several years, and on Monday, bosses at Netflix confirmed they had acquired the project from Universal Pictures. With a script f…

Ryan Reynolds has signed on to join Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot in Red Notice.

The action film has been in development for several years, and on Monday, bosses at Netflix confirmed they had acquired the project from Universal Pictures.

With a script from director Rawson Marshall Thurber, the plot is to follow an Interpol agent who is tracking the world’s most wanted art thief. Details about the characters to be played by Reynolds, Johnson, and Gadot have not yet been announced.

“Director/writer Rawson Thurber has delivered a dynamic script that me and my co-stars and partners-in-heist, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds, can’t wait to shoot,” said Johnson in a statement, adding of the Netflix deal: “The fun we’re gonna have making Red Notice, but more importantly – the fun the worldwide audience will have watching it in 190+ countries – all at the same moment.”

In addition to starring in Red Notice, Johnson will also serve as a producer alongside Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia under their Seven Bucks Productions banner. Beau Flynn and Turber will also produce the feature, with Scott Sheldon to executive produce.

“I’m beyond thrilled to be making Red Notice with (head of Netflix film) Scott Stuber and Netflix – a company that believes in filmmakers and big ideas for a global audience,” commented Thurber.

Red Notice marks the third feature Johnson and Thurber have teamed up on, with the pair previously working together on 2018’s Skyscraper and 2016’s Central Intelligence. Principal photography is set to take place in various locations in 2020, with the film slated for release in November that year.

Johnson is attached to appear in upcoming Netflix movie John Henry and the Statesmen too, and is currently in the post-production phases on Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, Jumanji: The Next Level, and Jungle Cruise.

Meanwhile, Reynolds has been shooting The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard and Free Guy.

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Dwayne Johnson got paid more than double Emily Blunt’s Jungle Cruise salary – report

Dwayne Johnson reportedly got paid $13 million (£10.2 million) more than his co-star Emily Blunt for new Disney movie Jungle Cruise.TMZ reports the former wrestler, who was named the highest-paid actor in the history of Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list ea…

Dwayne Johnson reportedly got paid $13 million (£10.2 million) more than his co-star Emily Blunt for new Disney movie Jungle Cruise.

TMZ reports the former wrestler, who was named the highest-paid actor in the history of Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list earlier this year (18), got a $22 million (£17.4 million) cheque for the movie, based around the famous ride in Disney’s parks around the world, while Mary Poppins Returns star Emily negotiated $9 million (£7.1 million).

Dwayne will also be taking home the eye-watering sum for forthcoming film Red Notice alongside Wonder Woman Gal Gadot, though it’s not yet known what her pay is.

Jungle Cruise hits theatres in 2020, and also stars Jesse Plemons, Paul Giamatti, Edgar Ramirez and Jack Whitehall.

British comedian Jack, who sparked romance rumours with fellow Brit Kate Beckinsale after they were caught kissing after a dinner date in November, is playing Disney’s first-ever openly homosexual character.

The casting sparked backlash from the LGBTQ community, with some slamming Disney’s decision to cast a straight actor in such a milestone role.

TMZ reporters revealed details of the coming out scene after a test screening took place, with viewers telling the website Jack’s character McGregor avoids using the word “gay” when opening up to Dwayne’s alter ego Frank, but he makes it very clear he isn’t into ladies when he details his dating history.

The film is set in the early 20th century, and the scene, where McGregor also says his sister Lily, played by Emily, was the only one in his family to accept him and support him regardless of the “person” he loves, was apparently well received by the test audience – though it was noted the word “gay” was missing.

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Edgar Ramirez joining Dwayne Johnson’s Jungle Cruise

Edgar Ramirez has joined the cast of Dwayne Johnson’s Jungle Cruise movie. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story actor will reportedly play a man “with a conquistador background” who is one of the film’s main villains, according to…

Edgar Ramirez has joined the cast of Dwayne Johnson’s Jungle Cruise movie.

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story actor will reportedly play a man “with a conquistador background” who is one of the film’s main villains, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

He will star alongside Dwayne, who portrays a boat captain who takes a sister and her brother, played by Emily Blunt and British comedian Jack Whitehall respectively, on a mission through the Amazon jungle to find a tree which is thought to possess healing powers.

Dwayne, who is currently at the top of the U.S. box office with Rampage, shared the casting news on social media and added, “What a talented cast we’re putting together! Welcome @edgarramirez25 to our JUNGLE CRUISE family.”

Edgar replied, “Thank you so much Dwayne! So happy to be ‘on board’ (anchor emoji) It’s gonna (be) wild!” followed by a fist bump emoji.

The film, which will be set in the early 20th century, is a Disney movie adaptation of its own theme park attraction, a water ride in which riders float down various rivers on a boat and encounter wild animals and natives.

The project will be directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, best known for films such as The Shallows and Non-Stop, and will be produced by Dwayne, Dany Gracia and Hiram Garcia through Seven Bucks Productions; John Davis and John Fox will produce via Davis Entertainment; and Beau Flynn with his FlynnPictureCo. banner.

A screenplay by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay has most recently been rewritten by Michael Green, whose credits also include Wolverine outing Logan, Blade Runner 2049, and the Murder on the Orient Express remake.

Jungle Cruise will reportedly begin pre-production in May ahead of a summer shoot. No release date has been announced as yet.

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Emily Blunt joins Jungle Cruise movie

Emily Blunt is reportedly returning to action movies after joining the cast of Dwayne Johnson’s Jungle Cruise. The Brit, who is currently working on the Mary Poppins sequel, has impressed in action films The Adjustment Bureau, Sicario and Edge of Tomo…

Emily Blunt is reportedly returning to action movies after joining the cast of Dwayne Johnson’s Jungle Cruise.

The Brit, who is currently working on the Mary Poppins sequel, has impressed in action films The Adjustment Bureau, Sicario and Edge of Tomorrow, and now she’s up for a big adventure with the Fate of the Furious star, who first signed on to make the movie adaptation of the Disney themepark attraction in 2015.

Dwayne will also executive produce the film, with Spanish filmmaker Jaume Collet-Serra on board to direct.

The movie has been in the works at Disney for over a decade and Toy Story stars Tim Allen and Tom Hanks were previously linked to a planned 2011 project, as a tour guide and a tourist, respectively.

Plot details for Jungle Cruise have yet to be released and it is unclear what role Blunt will play, but reports suggest movie executives want to create more of a period piece, similar to Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn’s classic The African Queen, which was one of the original inspirations for the Jungle Cruise Disney themepark ride.

Production is slated to begin in the spring (18).

If the casting reports are true this will be the third Disney movie for Blunt, who previously starred in 2014’s Into the Woods and will appear in Mary Poppins Returns in December (18).

Jungle Cruise, one of Disneyland’s original rides, takes park-goers into the depths of Africa and South America, floating down a river and encountering wild animals and headhunters along the way – without ever leaving the theme park.

Last year (17), Johnson made a surprise visit to Walt Disney World in Florida to spend time with visitors at the ride.

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