Old-school Disney fans rejoice! Jon Favreau is directing a live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book, and Disney has just released its first teaser trailer! The teaser presents just a small peek at the official footage, but a full trailer is set to be released today, so be on the alert! Or just trust that we will be.
One thing that the snippet does show is Neel Sethi, who plays Mowgli. As with the animated version, Mowgli is really the only human (or “man cub”) in the story, but this write up for the film boasts some pretty big names as the voices for the animals of the jungle!
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.
Gender-swapping Kaa was a really interesting choice, and Bill Murray and Christopher Walken are sure to be hilarious as Baloo and King Louie!
The film is set to hit theaters April 15, 2016.