First Trailer For The Andy Serkis Directed Jungle Book Movie MOWGLI

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 as you'll see it's a much darker retelling of the story than what Disney has given us. I loved what Jon Favreau did with his movie, but this one looks like it could be really good as well. It definitely has a much different tone and style and I'm looking forward to checking it out. Here's the synopsis:

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.

As you'd expect, 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.

The human characters in the film will be played by Matthew Rhys (The Americans) as Lockwood; Freida Pinto (Knight of Cups) as Messua; and young actor Rohan Chand (The Hundred-Foot Journey, Bad Words) will play Mowgli, the boy raised by wolves.

Mowgli will be released on October 19, 2018. Watch the trailer and let us know what you think!

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