Over the weekend, Walt Disney Pictures released a brief trailer preview for their highly-anticipated adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, arriving in theaters April 15, 2016. The brief 15-second video didn't offer much in the way of new footage, but the studio did reveal that the first full trailer would debut yesterday, Monday, September 14, during Access Hollywood. Now, Disney has debuted our first full look at The Jungle Book online for all to enjoy.
The Jungle Book marks the feature film debut of young actor Neel Sethi, who plays Mowgli, the only character portrayed through live-action. The rest of this star-studded cast will only provide the voices for their animated characters, including Bill Murray (Baloo), Idris Elba (Shere Khan), Ben Kingsley (Bagheera), Scarlett Johansson (Kaa), Giancarlo Esposito (Akela), Lupita Nyong'o (Raksha) and Christopher Walken (King Louie). The film was originally set to debut this October, before being pushed to its current April 15, 2016 release date.
Jon Favreau directs from a screenplay by Justin Marks, with the director also producing alongside Brigham Taylor. The Jungle Book hits theaters in stunning 3D and IMAX 3D on April 15, 2016. The film will have plenty of competition during its opening weekend at the box office, going up against Amityville: The Awakening, Barbershop 3, The Best Man Wedding, Criminal and Everybody Wants Some.
The Jungle Book will arrive almost exactly one year before another adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic, Warner Bros.' 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.
Ever since the original animated movie adaptation of The Jungle Book in 1967, there have been countless different versions that have been released on both the big and small screen alike. Do you think this version of The Jungle Book could be the best of them all? Or are you looking forward to The Jungle Book: Origins even more? Let us know what you think after taking a look at this new trailer.