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New trailer for Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ with Dwayne Johnson

Walt Disney Picture’s upcoming adventure movie Jungle Cruise released its second trailer on Youtube Thursday, attracting more than 1 million views. The trailer creates anticipation for the new movie which is set to be released in theaters and to Disney+ premiere subscribers on July 30th, reports Republic World.

The movie features Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, as skipper Frank Wolff and researcher Dr. Lily Houghton, on an exhilarating boat ride down the Amazon River. The film draws inspiration from the Disneyland theme park ride of the same name, and it features similar thrills of wild animals and turbulent waters, according to Collider.

Johnson, of Black Nova Scotian and Samoan descent, is one of the largest AAPI figures in Hollywood today.

Kimmy Yam at NBC News writes of the racial disparities in Hollywood, revealing “only 3.4 percent of the top-growing movies featured Asian American or Pacific Islander leads over a 13-year span.” Yam quotes a sociologist explaining, “There just aren’t enough roles for [Pacific Islanders] and Asian actors in general. And that’s why we see The Rock so many times.”

This disparity can be seen even within the Disney universe, where Dwayne Johnson co-stars as Maui in the Disney Animated film Moana, which celebrates Polynesian and Pacific Island heritage.

Jungle Cruise comes on the heels of Disney’s most recent live-action remake, Mulan, which features a reimagining of the story of Chinese heroine Mulan.

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