Fans who attended the D23 Convention in Anaheim, California last month got their first look at Disney's The Jungle Book, where the first footage was presented by director Jon Favreau and stars Neel Sethi, Ben Kingsley and Lupita Nyong'o. Earlier today, Walt Disney Studios released a brief preview of the full trailer through their Instagram page, revealing that the full trailer will debut Monday, September 14 on Access Hollywood. This brief teaser doesn't offer much footage, but gives us our first glimpse at Mowgli, played by Neel Sethi.
Aside from concept art and set photo revealed by director Jon Favreau last year, we haven't seen much from The Jungle Book. Last month, a poster debuted that teased a confrontation between Mowgli and the nefarious Bagheera, voiced by Ben Kingsley. Neel Sethi's Mowgli will be the only character portrayed through live-action, with the rest of the cast merely providing their voices for the rest of the characters.
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.
The Jungle Book has been adapted for the big screen several times since the 1967 original classic. Since the original story is in the public domain, Warner Bros. has their own adaptation entitled The Jungle Book: Origins, which hits theaters on April 6, 2017. Unlike this film, which is a live-action/animation hybrid, The Jungle Book: Origins will be strictly live-action, which also marks the directorial debut of Andy Serkis. Rohan Chand plays Mowgli, with the supporting cast rounded out by Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander, Eddie Marsan and Peter Mullan. It isn't known when we'll get our first look at that adventure.
The Jungle Book will go up against Amityville: The Awakening, Barbershop 3, The Best Man Wedding, Criminal and Everybody Wants Some on April 15, 2016, making it one crowded weekend at the box office. While we still have a long ways to wait, do you think The Jungle Book can overcome this crowded weekend to achieve box office success? Let us know what you think after checking out this trailer preview, and check back on Monday for the full Jungle Book trailer.