By: Imran Chaudhry
It wasn’t that long ago we had a live action Jungle Book film from Walt Disney with incredible CGI, a well told story and plenty of A-listers. In the 2016 Jungle Book, some big names included Bill Murray as Baloo, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha and Scarlett Johansson as Kaa. In the 2018 Mowgli, the big names are Andy Serkis as Baloo (also Director/Producer), Christian Bale as Baghera, Benedict Cumberbatch as Shere Khan, Cate Blanchett as Kaa and Naomie Harris as Nisha.
That’s a lot of big names, in both movies, and I can imagine all the actors bring their own individuality to the roles. What I’m particularly excited for is Benedict Cumberbatch as Shere Khan, because his portrayal and voice for Smaug was both haunting and fantastic. If he brings the same ominous sense of doom to the voice of Shere Khan I can imagine we will have a truly terrifying villain in this film. In addition to Benedict, I’m excited for Andy Serkis (I mean watch The Planet Of The Apes trilogy) and Cate Blanchett (because who doesn’t love her).
Speaking of Benedict’s terrifying vocals, this first trailer for Mowgli shows a much darker take on the infamous children’s tale, take a look.
As well as the trailer, a behind the scenes featurette was released where Andy Serkis discusses his take on the story, saying ‘it’s not so much a child’s fairy-tale’ and ‘This has reality to it. There is real consequence. This is definitely drawing from Kipling and has a much darker approach to storytelling – there’s not singing or dancing by the animals, that’s for sure.’ Watch the featurette below.
What do you think of the new trailer for Mowgli? Are you as excited for the film as we are, or do you have Jungle Book fatigue? Tweet us your thoughts @JenChauMedia.