As a part of yesterday's D23 Expo, Walt Disney Pictures presented their highly-anticipated adaptation of The Jungle Book in front of a packed crowd in Hall D23 of the Anaheim Convention Center yesterday. In case you weren't able to make it to Anaheim yesterday, we've got you covered, with new video interviews with director Jon Favreau, stars Neel Sethi, Ben Kingsley and Lupita Nyong'o. The movie was presented as part of the studio's massive two-hour panel Worlds, Galaxies, and Universes: Live Action at The Walt Disney Studios, which also featured Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass, The Finest Hours, Pete's Dragon, Beauty and the Beast, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No TalesMarvel's Doctor Strange, Captain America: Civil War, Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One and LucasFilm's Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
After an introduction by Sean Bailey, President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, Jon Favreau, director of Disney's upcoming The Jungle Book, welcomed to the stage newcomer Neel Sethi, who was selected from thousands of candidates to play man-cub Mowgli; plus Oscar winners Ben Kingsley, who helps bring panther-turned-mentor Bagheera to life, and Lupita Nyong'o, who lends her voice to the protective mother wolf Raksha. Favreau treated fans to a sneak peek of footage from the film, and each guest received a copy of the dramatic teaser poster following the presentation. The all-new, live-action epic adventure showcases Mowgli's journey of self-discovery when he's forced to abandon the only home he's ever known.
Based on Rudyard Kipling's timeless stories and inspired by Disney's 1967 animated classic, the film features state-of the-art technology that immerses audiences in the lush world like never before. The Jungle Book also features the voices of Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito and Christopher Walken. Jon Favreau and Brigham Taylor produce and the screenplay is by Justin Marks. The Jungle Book hits theaters in stunning 3D and IMAX 3D on April 15, 2016.
Neel Sethi will be the only actor to be featured in live-action, with the rest of the cast members merely providing their voices for these iconic characters. It isn't known when Disney plans on releasing the first trailer for The Jungle Book, but we'll keep you posted with the latest updates as soon as they're made available. This adaptation will go up against The Best Man Wedding and Criminal on April 15, 2016.
While we wait for the first trailer, check out our videos featuring highlights from The Jungle Book's D23 panel, along with interviews from the cast and crew. Are you looking forward to this highly-anticipated adaptation hitting theaters? Let us know what you think after checking out the latest videos below, and stay tuned for more news out of Disney's D23 Expo throughout the weekend.