“Are you alone out here? What are you doing so deep in the jungle?” Disney has debuted the first official teaser trailer for Jon Favreau’s new The Jungle Book movie, starring Neel Sethi as Mowgli. This is only a first glimpse but it looks to be a very spectacularly-realized CGI movie, with all of Mowgli’s animal friends looking incredibly realistic. The voice cast includes Bill Murray as Baloo, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, also featuring Christopher Walken, Giancarlo Esposito, Lupita Nyong’o and Emjay Anthony. I’m very impressed by this footage, and I’m curious to see more of what it looks like beyond just a few quick shots thrown together. Everyone needs to take a look.
“Casting is the most important element of any film and finding the right kid to play Mowgli was imperative,” said director Jon Favreau in a statement. “Neel has tremendous talent and charisma. There is a lot riding on his little shoulders, and I’m confident he can handle it.”
The Jungle Book is directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Cowboys & Aliens, Elf, Zathura, Made) and written by Justin Marks (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li), based on Rudyard Kipling’s classic book of the same name. The film follows a young boy named Mowgli, a man-cub raised in the jungle by a family of wolves, who embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery when he’s forced to abandon the only home he’s ever known. Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong’o, Christopher Walken, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray voice the animal characters. Disney will release The Jungle Book in theaters on April 15th, 2016.