Posted on Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 by Angie Han
After wowing D23 with its first footage reveal last month, Disney’s The Jungle Book is unleashing its power on general audiences with the first trailer. Jon Favreau directs the live-action CG update of the 1967 animated classic, based on Rudyard Kipling‘s books.
Newcomer Neel Sethi leads the new film as Mowgli, an orphan raised among wolves in the jungle. He’s got an all-star voice cast backing him up including Idris Elba as tiger Shere Khan, Bill Murray as bear Baloo, Ben Kingsley as panther Bagheera, Scarlett Johansson as python Kaa, Christopher Walken as orangutan King Louie, and Lupita Nyong’o as wolf Raksha. Watch the first The Jungle Book trailer after the jump.
The Jungle Book arrives in theaters April 15, 2016.
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Directed by Jon Favreau (“Chef,” “Iron Man,” “Elf”), 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 Johannsson), 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.