Disney Releases Official ‘The Jungle Book’ Trailer

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The Jungle Book

Disney has unveiled the first trailer for its live action remake of the the 1967 animated class The Jungle Book.

The trailer for the live action and CGI-animated film features imagery of the main character Mowgli’s –played by newcomer Neel Sethi– adventures through the wilds of India.

Though Mowgi is the main focus of the trailer, Scarlett Johansson narrates the trailer in-character as Kaa. There are also glimpses of the Bill Murray-voiced Baloo the bear, Ben Kingsley’s Bagheera the panther, Idris Elba’s villainous tiger Shere Khan and Christopher Walken’s King Louie the orangutan. Other voiceovers to expect include Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha and Giancarlo Esposito’s Akela.

Disney’s treatment of the classic film will be directed by Jon Favreau, who also directed Iron Man. The famed directed took on the project noting it’s about “finding the balance between the iconic, mythic power of the Kipling and all of the images I loved growing up with from the animated feature, it was how do you combine those things?” he said. “And, most importantly, how do you use today’s technology to take it to a different place than the film that already exists? How do you build upon that legacy?”

Warner Bros. has a remake in the works, The studio’s Jungle Book: Origins, which has actor/motion capture expert Andy Serkis directing his own version with voice talent from Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch and Christian Bale, is in production now and will debut in 2017.

Disney’s The Jungle Book is set to debut in April 2016,

Check out The Jungle Book trailer below!

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(Photo Credit: Disney)