Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for director Andy Serkis‘ feature film adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel The Jungle Book. The film is called Mowgli, and it’s a much darker retelling of the story than what Disney has given us. Jon Favreau did incredible with this movie, but this one looks like it could be really good as well.
The story follows the upbringing of the human child Mowgli, raised by a wolf pack in the jungles of India. As he learns the often harsh rules of the jungle, under the tutelage of a bear named Baloo and a panther named Bagheera, Mowgli becomes accepted by the animals of the jungle as one of their own. All but one: the fearsome tiger Shere Khan. But there may be greater dangers lurking in the jungle, as Mowgli comes face to face with his human origins.
There’s a lot of motion capture work that was done for this film and the actors that fill the role of the animal characters include Christian Bale as the cunning panther, Bagheera; Cate Blanchett as the sinister snake, Kaa; Benedict Cumberbatch as the fearsome tiger, Shere Khan; Naomie Harris (Skyfall) as Nisha, the female wolf, who adopts the baby Mowgli as one of her cubs; Andy Serkis as the wise bear, Baloo; Peter Mullan (Tommy’s Honour) as the leader of the wolf pack, Akela; Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction) as Mowgli’s Brother Wolf; Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan) as Nisha’s mate, Vihaan; and Tom Hollander (Muppets Most Wanted) as the scavenging hyena, Tabaqui.
Mowgli will be released on October 19, 2018.