Entertainment Movies Dwayne Johnson Says Emily Blunt Is 'The Female Version of Indiana Jones' in 'Jungle Cruise' Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson star in Disney's Jungle Cruise, which hits theaters and on Disney+ Premier Access on July 30 By Vanessa Etienne Vanessa Etienne Twitter Vanessa Etienne is an Emerging Content Writer-Reporter for PEOPLE. Prior to joining in April 2021, she served as a reporter for Men's Health Magazine and BET Digital after freelancing for publications such as The New York Times and Everyday Health. Originally from northern Virginia, Vanessa is a proud Haitian American with a love for R&B music and mental health topics. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor's in Communication and Public Relations before earning her master's degree in Journalism from the City University of New York. People Editorial Guidelines Published on July 20, 2021 09:48 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Dwayne Johnson is raving about Emily Blunt's performance in their upcoming movie Jungle Cruise. On Monday, Johnson, 49, made a virtual appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to discuss the upcoming film, saying he knew he wanted Blunt as his costar from the start. "She's super talented. She's a multi-threat and we became great friends," he explained. "I love her. I love her family...John, their kids. We're all one big ohana as we like to say in the islands." Disney's Jungle Cruise finds Blunt starring as researcher Lily Houghton, who has hired river guide Frank (Johnson) to help her find Lagrimas de Cristal. "I can't wait for everybody to see her in this movie because she truly is the female version of — and this is saying a lot — but she truly is the female version of Indiana Jones," Johnson continued about Blunt. "I'm very proud of her and how much she kicks ass in this movie." NBC Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson Joke They 'Had to Get Drunk' and 'High' to Nail This Jungle Cruise Scene And the feeling is mutual. In a featurette for the film, Blunt also gushed about the friendship she's formed with Johnson. "Dwayne Johnson has become my most enormous buddy," Blunt said before Johnson echoed her sentiments saying of the actress, "There's nothing she can't do." Andrew Lipovsky/NBC Dwayne Johnson Hilariously Reveals What Emily Blunt 'Hated' About His Jungle Cruise Performance In May, Johnson announced that the movie — which was delayed a year due to the COVID-19 health crisis — will debut both in theaters and on Disney+ on July 30. Johnson shared the news in an Instagram video, revealing that the film will premiere on Disney+ with Premier Access. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free weekly newsletter to get the biggest news of the week delivered to your inbox every Friday. "Join my ace Emily Blunt (the female Indiana Jones) and myself on THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME as our DISNEY's JUNGLE CRUISE hits theaters and your living rooms ON THE SAME DAY — JULY 30th," Johnson wrote alongside the announcement clip. Jungle Cruise is in theaters and on Disney+ Premiere Access on July 30.