Looking back on our childhoods here at Screening Towers, Disney’s The Jungle Book sticks out highly as one of our favourite childhood animations and today, the first trailer for the Jon Favreau-directed remake has hit the Internet, giving us our first look at the film’s all-star cast alongside a haunting voiceover by Scarlett Johanssen’s Kaa.
Whilst this new re-imagining doesn’t look anything like its 1967 predecessor, it does look suitably epic, promising some excellently-visualised action sequences and handing the spotlight firmly to the cast of CGI animals which Neel Sethi’s Mowgli will be acting alongside. Quite frankly, we think you’d be hard-pressed to find computer-generated animals which look this good anywhere in cinema history, with them definitely giving 2012’s Life of Pi a run for its money.
Oddly, next year’s remake isn’t the only one finding its way to cinemas in the near future, as Warner Bros. have also tapped up The Lord of the Rings’s Andy Serkis to bring to life his own version of the film, which is expected to be released in 2017, featuring the voice talents of Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale, Naomie Harris and Cate Blanchett.
We’ve been following this project for a while, and it’s great to see the first footage, so colour us intrigued to see more in the run up to the film’s 15 April 2016 release date.
The Jungle Book stars Neel Sethi as Mowgli, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Bill Murray as Baloo, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Christopher Walken as King Louie, Scarlett Johnanssen as Kaa and Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha.