Check out the brand new "Voices of the Jungle" featurette. This exciting new preview showcases The Jungle Book cast. Included are some of today's top talent, with Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito, Neel Sethi, Christopher Walken and director Jon Favreau leading the pact. Now, you can experiences what it's like to go running through the jungle with Mowgli and his best friends!
Rudyard Kipling's iconic tale The Jungle Book has been told on the big screen numerous times in the past, including Disney's iconic animated adaptation that hit theaters in 1967. Nearly 50 years after that beloved movie, fans will get to experience this adventure in a whole new way on the big screen next weekend. Starring Neel Sethi as Mowgli, he is the movie's only live-action character, with a host of talented actors voicing the numerous animals this youngster meets along the way.
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 Jungle Book will debut in a rather competitive weekend, going up against Barbershop: The Next Cut, Everybody Wants Some and Criminal.
Neel Sethi, now 12, was selected from thousands of candidates following a worldwide search for the perfect man-cub. Rudyard Kipling penned the collection of short stories, "The Jungle Book," in the early 1890s from his home in Vermont. State-of-the-art technology is behind larger-than-life jungle creatures that join Neel Sethi's Mowgli on screen in an all-new, immersive, jaw-dropping viewing experience. The film will be spectacular in 3D and IMAX 3D. Take a look at those who helped bring this immersive experience to life.