Emily Blunt says she was sceptical whether she'd be joint lead in Jungle Cruise

Emily Blunt says she was sceptical whether she'd be joint lead in Jungle Cruise
Emily Blunt says she was sceptical whether she'd be joint lead in Jungle Cruise

Emily Blunt has revealed she was sceptical about whether she would be a joint-lead with Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson in Jungle Cruise, or that her role would just be known as 'the girl'.

The actress, 38, plays Dr. Lily Houghton in the upcoming Disney film, which is set to be released on July 30.

Speaking to Digital Spy Magazine, Emily spoke of her fears her acting credibility might be overshadowed if she were to star as the female in a movie with The Rock, 49.

Hollywood role: Emily Blunt has revealed she was sceptical about whether she would be a joint-lead with Wayne 'The Rock' Johnson in Jungle Cruise or play his understudy

Hollywood role: Emily Blunt has revealed she was sceptical about whether she would be a joint-lead with Wayne 'The Rock' Johnson in Jungle Cruise or play his understudy

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She said: 'When I got sent this script, they pitched it to me by saying, "You know, it really is a two-hander with Dwayne Johnson." 

'Historically, I've been told that many movies are two-handers – but then it turns out you're the girl in Dwayne Johnson's movie. 

'For that reason, I was a little cynical when I first started to read the script. But actually, I think you're the girl in this movie, Dwayne.' 

Disney movie: Jungle Cruise is set during the early 20th century and features Emily Blunt's Dr. Lily Houghton enlisting the help of The Rock's riverboat captain Frank Wolff

Disney movie: Jungle Cruise is set during the early 20th century and features Emily Blunt's Dr. Lily Houghton enlisting the help of The Rock's riverboat captain Frank Wolff

Jungle Cruise is set during the early 20th century and features Emily Blunt's Dr. Lily Houghton enlisting the help of The Rock's riverboat captain Frank Wolff to take her and her brother, played by Jack Whitehall, to find the Tree of Life.

It is believed the tree has special healing powers which could be useful to modern medicine in the film - and they are up against a competing German expedition.

When asked about what it was like shooting some of the action scenes, Emily said: 'They shoot like water cannons at us in the tank, so we're getting attacked from all sides as they're tipping the boat around – and there's not much acting that goes into it. 

Leading talent: Emily plays the co-lead role alongside Dwayne Johnson in Jungle Cruise

Leading talent: Emily plays the co-lead role alongside Dwayne Johnson in Jungle Cruise

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'I genuinely was

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