The first teaser trailer for Walt Disney’s live-action re-telling of Rudyard Kipling‘s classic story The Jungle Book has been released.
The movie is directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Elf), and stars Scarlett Johansson as Kaa (who does the voice over used in the trailer), Bill Murray as Baloo, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Neel Sethi as Mowgli, Christopher Walken as King Louie, and Giancarlo Esposito as Akela.
You can read a full synopsis for Disney’s The Jungle Book and check out the first trailer below.
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. The wild adventure swings into theaters in 3D on April 15, 2016.
Warner Brothers also has their own live-action take on The Jungle Book on the way, titled Jungle Book: Origins.