Our first big look at Andy Serkis’ take on The Jungle Book is here.
A trailer and behind-the-scenes featurette have arrived for Mowgli, Warner Bros’ upcoming film adaptation of Rudyard Kiping’s classic piece of literature. Disney may have had a massive hit with their live-action version of The Jungle Book in 2016, but don’t expect just a repeat of what you’ve seen before.
“It’s no so much a child’s fairy tale; this has a reality to it. There is real consequence,” says Serkis, the Lord of the Rings and Planet of the Apes motion-capture performance master making his second feature as director following last year’s biopic Breathe. “This is definitely drawn from Kipling and has a much darker approach to the storytelling. There’s no singing and dancing by the animals, that’s for sure.”
Playing the titular boy raised by wolves is Rohan Chand, whose credits include Jason Bateman’s underrated feature directorial debut Bad Words, Lone Survivor, plus a small role in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. There’s an impressive voice/mo-cap’d cast too, including including Christian Bale as Bagheera, Cate Blanchett as Kaa, Benedict Cumberbatch as Shere Khan, Naomie Harris as Nisha and Serkis as Baloo. Matthew Rhys and Freida Pinto play Lockwood and Messua respectively, and you can also add in Peter Mullan, Jack Reynor, Eddie Marsan and Tom Hollander for good measure.
The visuals, as you’d expect, look fantastic in the film’s first trailer, which shows off what looks like a rousing, grittier take on the tale. Count us in. It will be interesting to see whether audiences flock to this one like they did Jon Favreau’s previous version.
Mowgli will be arriving in Australia on October 18 and hits the US on October 19.
Official synopsis for Mowgli:
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.