Well this was an unexpected but pleasant surprise! Disney has released the first trailer for their live adaptation of The Jungle Book and it is absolutely gorgeous.
The film is based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film of the same name. It tells the story of Mowgli, a little boy who has been raised by wolves in the rainforest and must learn how to survive when a new threat appears. Newcomer Neel Sethi stars as Mowgli and is joined by an all-star voice cast including Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito and Christopher Walken.
From the looks of the trailer, director Jon Favreau and Disney have a massive hit on their hands. There’s everything from stellar animation and CGI to a solid child lead and an amazing cast (Scarlett Johansson killing it as Kaa already)…all ingredients for a blockbuster and possible classic.
The less you know about what you’ll see going in, the better, so take a look at the trailer and read more about the film, per Disney, below:
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 self-discovery, 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 Jungle Book swings into theaters in 3D on April 15, 2016.
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