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The latest film adaptation of The Jungle Book is no cute childhood bedtime story—the newly released trailer for Mowgli illustrates something much more nightmareish.
The anxiety-inducing trailer for the Warner Bros-produced film forgets lighthearted animated sing alongs and instead, shows menacing creatures and an encaged Mowgli.
The moodier tale focuses on a young Mowgli sprinting through the jungles of a turn-of-the-century colonial India. Accompanied by the wolves who raised him, Mowgli meets face-to-face with villainous beasts and all while learning about what it means to be human. Mowgli re-imagines The Jungle Book as an emotional tale of adolescence—one far more grown up than the animated version from our childhood.
The omnious film includes Rohan Chand as Mowgli alongside Benedict Cumberbatch (Shere Khan), Cate Blanchett (Kaa), Christian Bale (Bagheera), Naiomie Harris (Nisha), and Andy Serkis (Baloo), who directed the film as well.
Accredited for his motion capture work for Planet of the Apes and The Lord of the Rings. Serkis brings to life something different, saying in a behind-the-scenes clip that its star-slotted cast is “not doing voice-booth acting.”
“It’s getting down and dirty [with] head-mounted cameras on. You’re becoming the creature,” he adds.
Mowgli’s family-friendly precursor, The Jungle Book (directed by Jon Favreau), was a worldwide box office hit in 2016, grossing nearly $1 billion. The film featured Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken, and Idris Elba.
Mowgli, based on Rudyard Kipling’s book, hits theatres on October 19, 2018.