The story of Mowgli and his friends Baloo and Bagheera will be retold in a live-action film from Disney next year. Walt Disney Studios released the first official trailer for “The Jungle Book,” one of Disney’s popular live-action adaptations that is scheduled to hit the big-screen over the next few years.
The film was directed by Jon Favreau, working from a script by Justin Marks and is based on the novel written by Rudyard Kipling. The Jungle Book combines live action and animated filmmaking and stars an amazing cast of both live-actors and voice actors.
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 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 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.
Disney fans can catch “The Jungle Book” in theaters on April 15, 2016.
This of course isn’t to mistaken for “Jungle Book Origins” from Warner Bros. Pictures. That 3D adaptation will be the feature film directorial debut of Andy Serkis. Also a blend of motion capture and live-action, that film will star Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett and Christian Bale.