Jesse Plemons, who starred in Black Mass and Bridge of Spies, is boarding Disney’s Jungle Cruise, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
He joins Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, and Jack Whitehall in the feature adaptation of Disney’s own theme-park ride. Jaume Collet-Serra, the filmmaker behind The Shallows and Liam Neeson films such as The Commuter and Non-Stop, will helm the project, which is set in the early 20th century in the Amazon jungle.
Plemons will play a villain in Jungle Cruise, with Johnson in the role of a boat captain who takes his sister (Blunt) and her brother (Whitehall) on a mission to find a tree believed to possess healing powers. Wild animals and a competing German expedition figure into the proceedings.
Beau Flynn, John Davis and John Fox are producing the pic, as are Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia. Scott Sheldon is co-producing.
Jungle Cruise is heading toward a May start and will shoot through the summer. Michael Green, who penned Logan and the latest remake of Murder on the Orient Express, wrote the most recent draft of the script.
Plemons is repped by TalentWorks and Hirsch Wallerstein.
Edgar Ramirez, who starred as Gianni Versace in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, is setting sail for Jungle Cruise.
Ramirez will play a man with a conquistador background who is one of the story’s villains.
Ramirez previously worked with Blunt in The Girl on the Train. The actor appeared in such recent high-profile projects as Netflix’s first blockbuster Bright with Will Smith, Gold with Matthew McConaughey and the boxing drama Hands of Stone with Robert De Niro.
Ramirez is repped by CAA, Impression Entertainment and Hirsch Wallerstein.