Disney’s ‘Jungle Book’ Gets Sinister Makeover in New Film Trailer

Monica Luhar for NBC News Asian America – September 15, 2016


Disney released a new teaser trailer on Tuesday for the upcoming live-action film “The Jungle Book,” starring 10-year-old Neel Sethi as the lead character Mowgli.

The trailer begins with Mowgli deep in the jungle, leaping from tree to tree to escape the wrath of wild animals such as as python Kaa (Scarlett Johansson), who uses her soothing and seductive voice to get the young boy to trust her through his perilous journey.
The film’s cast includes the voices of Idris Elba as tiger Shere Khan, Bill Murray as bear Baloo, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Christopher Walken as King Louie, Lupita Nyong’o as mother wolf Raksha, and Giancarlo Esposito in the voice of wolf Akela.

The film is a mix of live-action shots with CGI animals and environments,according to Disney.

“The animals and environment are actually photorealistic computer-generate imagery, merged together with performance capture and footage shot of the cast, particularly Neel Sethi, who plays Mowgli,” reports the Verge.

In an interview with IGN, Sethi said he and Mowgli share similar characteristics, despite Mowgli having been raised by a pack of wolves.

“Me and Mowgli are kind of the same: Stubborn, energetic, and are full of confidence,” the young actor told IGN.

Director Jon Favreau and Neel Sethi led a Q&A session on Twitter on Tuesday about the film through the hashtag, #AskJungleBook.

The film, based on a collection of classic stories by Rudyard Kipling and directed by Favreau, is scheduled to be released in theaters on April 15, 2016.

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