Last week, we reported that Disney is going to have a big presence during Super Bowl 50, which airs Sunday, February 7 on CBS. The report revealed that the studio purchased several different commercial slots, but it wasn't confirmed which movies they would be promoting during this year's Super Bowl. Today we learned that one of these movies will be The Jungle Book, with the studio debuting a brief preview of this new footage before the full trailer airs on Sunday.
Directed by Jon Favreau, 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 Johansson), 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.
The all-star cast also includes Lupita Nyong'o as the voice of the fiercely protective mother wolf Raksha, and Giancarlo Esposito as the voice of wolf pack's alpha male Akela. The Jungle Book seamlessly blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world. The wild adventure swings into theaters in 3D on April 15, 2016.
The first Jungle Book trailer debuted back in September, which only gave us the tiniest glimpse at one of this story's most beloved characters, Baloo, and since we see him briefly in this preview, it seems the trailer will show even more of Baloo. We'll have to wait and see if the new footage gives us a better look at this iconic character. This adventure will go toe-to-toe with Amityville: The Awakening, Barbershop: The Next Cut, Everybody Wants Some and Criminal at the box office on April 15. Take a look at this brief preview for The Jungle Book below, and check back on Sunday for the full trailer.