Walt Disney Studios have released the first official trailer for the upcoming movie 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 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.
With a huge and talented voice cast, dark atmosphere and amazing effects to blend CGI and live action shots, I am looking forward to this film. I’m sure being a fan of the classic Disney animated version helps which I’m sure Disney is banking on to pull in the crowds – the moment where you here Scarlett Johansson is almost singing ‘trusst in meee’ was a particularly nice touch to draw in the fans. I expect the nostalgia factor will play a big part in making this film a box office success but with Disney behind it it’s almost guaranteed to do well.
The film will hit cinemas in April 2016. Until then, check out the Jungle Book trailer, let me know what you think and stay tuned for more information.