The first teaser trailer for Disney’s “The Jungle Book” has finally arrived online and while it’s filled with CGI shots, the result is incredibly stunning and visually pleasing.
The movie features newcomer Neel Sethi as the live-action version of Mowgli, a man-cub who has been raised by a family of wolves. His animal friends are voiced by a slew of impressive cast members including Lupita Nyong’o as the protective mother wolf Raksha, Bill Murray as the beloved bear Baloo, and Ben Kingsley as panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera.
Disney’s version of “The Jungle Book” is a CGI and live-action hybrid while Warner Bros‘ version of “The Jungle Book” relies heavily on the motion-capture techniques.
In case you didn’t know, Warner Bros’ is adapting Rudyard Kipling’s classic animal adventure novel as well and it is directed by actor/motion capture expert Andy Serkis, who will be voicing Baloo.
The cast includes “Sherlock” star Benedict Cumberbatch, Rohan Chand, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander, Eddie Marsan, and Peter Mullan. However, the Warner Bros’ version of “The Jungle Book” will only debut in 2017.
The teaser trailer for Disney’s “The Jungle Book” was first shown during the studio’s D23 Expo last month. Murray’s performance earned a huge reaction from the crowd as his character Baloo was heard subtly humming “The Bare Necessities” to himself in the trailer.
Even though it’s just a short trailer, we can tell that the movie is going to be a visual masterpiece as everything looks incredibly realistic.
The full synopsis of Disney’s live-action remake of “The Jungle Book” is as follows:
“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 (Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo. Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (Scarlett Johansson), a python who’s seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.
Watch first teaser trailer below:
Directed by Jon Favreau (of “Iron Man” fame), “The Jungle Book” will hit theatres on 15th April 2016. It’s also part of the studio’s larger initiative of turning its animated classics into live-action films.