Walt Disney Pictures has dropped the first official trailer for The Jungle Book, the new live-action take on Rudyard Kipling’s story with director Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Cowboys & Aliens) at the helm.
The film tells the story of Mowgli, a man-cub raised by a family of wolves who finds that he is no longer welcome in the jungle when tiger Shere Khan decides he is a threat. Forced to abandon his home, Mowgli heads of an a journey of self-discovery with panther Bagheera and bear Baloo.
There’s plenty of voice talent here, including Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera and Bill Murray as Baloo. Also on board is Scarlett Johansson, whose works as the python Kaa is shown off in great fashion in this trailer.
The action looks energetic and relentless, and the “photorealistic” CGI animals bring Ang Lee’s Life of Pi to mind. The film’s family-friendly elements and humour aren’t revealed as yet, but the trailer’s punchline works a treat.
The Jungle Book, featuring newcomer Neel Sethi as young Mowgli, will be released in Australia on April 7 and the U.S. on April 15.
Synopsis for The Jungle Book:
Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of selfdiscovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.
The all-star cast also includes Lupita Nyong’o as the voice of the fiercely protective mother wolf Raksha, and Giancarlo Esposito as the voice of wolf pack’s alpha male Akela. “The Jungle Book” seamlessly blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world. The wild adventure swings into theaters in 3D on April 15, 2016.