Disney just released a new trailer for The Jungle Book, a live action version of the animated classic from 1967. When I first heard about this project I didn’t know what to expect, but there are elements that have me very excited it about it. it’s going to be directed by John Fevrau, who showed us in Iron Man he knows how to successfully blend practical effects and CGI, something that might set this film apart from projects of the same nature. The voice casting is also superb: Idris Elba (Shere Khan), Ben Kingsley (Bagheera), Scarlett Johansson (Kaa) and Christopher Walken (King Louie) among others. The best part of all? Bill Murray will voice the careless bear Baloo. The tone of this film looks very interesting as well, even though is hard to tell just from this trailer since it focuses more on the action and the quite beautiful art direction, with photo realistic depictions of the animal characters. The downside? We’ll need to wait until April 2016 for it to be released.
“Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), 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.”
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