Warner Bros. has released the first Mowgli trailer. Touting a closer adaptation of Kipling’s The Jungle Book than the Disney version, Andy Serkis’ upcoming film shows Mowgli (Rohan Chand) as a feral child torn between his upbringing in the jungle and the human world he has never known.
This version is taking pains to distance itself from the recent, more upbeat Disney film of a couple of years ago by being a much more sinister take and weaving in some more of Indian culture along the way.
The film’s synopsis goes like this: “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 of the beasts 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.”
You can see the Mowgli trailer below along with a behind-the-scenes featurette. The film opens October 19th and also stars Christian Bale as the cunning panther, Bagheera; Cate Blanchett as the sinister snake, Kaa; along with Benedict Cumberbatch as the fearsome tiger, Shere Khan. Also contributing their voices are Naomie Harris as Nisha, the female wolf, who adopts the baby Mowgli as one of her cubs; Andy Serkis as the wise bear, Baloo; Peter Mullan as the leader of the wolf pack, Akela; Jack Reynor as Mowgli’s Brother Wolf; Eddie Marsan as Nisha’s mate, Vihaan; and Tom Hollander as the scavenging hyena, Tabaqui.