Two years after Disney won an Oscar for its live action adaptation of “The Jungle Book,” Warner Bros. presents “Mowgli.”
In the first official trailer, released Monday, we get our first look at the boy who was raised by wolves in the jungle. This is a new telling of the classic story, “The Jungle Book,” from Rudyard Kipling.
From the studio:
Blending live action and performance capture, 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. The other story’s central animal characters are: Kaa, the snake; the leader of the wolf pack, Akela ; the scavenging hyena, Tabaqui; Nisha, the female wolf, who adopts the baby Mowgli as one of her cubs; Nisha’s mate, Vihaan; and Mowgli’s Brother Wolf.
Rohan Chand stars as young Mowgli. He made his film debut with the Adam Sandler comedy, “Jack and Jill,” before moving on to roles in “Lone Survivor” and “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.”
Chand is one of a handful of actors who appear onscreen. Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”) and Freida Pinto (“Slumdog Millionaire”) also show their faces. Most of the rest of the cast is composed of an all-star list that lend their voices to CGI characters. Christian Bale voices Bagheera, Andy Serkis is Baloo, Benedict Cumberbatch is the terrifying Shere Khan, and Cate Blanchett is the beguiling Kaa.
The cast also includes the voices of Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander, and Jack Reynor.
Andy Serkis directs the live action/CGI film. His is best known for his outstanding motion capture performances in “The Lord of the Rings,” “The Planet of the Apes,” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” But Serkis made his directorial debut last year with the biopic, “Breathe,” which starred Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy.
Serkis teamed up with writer Callie Kloves. This is officially her first produced script. She signed on to adapt “Seeker,” before that novel was even published in 2015. But it is still in development and its current status is unknown.
“Mowgli” will be shown in 2D and 3D beginning October 19.