But with the 2016 release of Disney's Jon Favreau-helmed live-action version of The Jungle Book and now Andy Serkis' live-action take called Mowgli, one of our favorite childhood cartoons has been getting a serious makeover lately. As he gets acquainted with the harsh rules of the jungle, under the tutelage of the friendly bear Baloo and a panther named Bagheera, Mowgli becomes one among the animals of the jugle and is accepted by them as their own clan except awful Sher Khan. I actually liked how a grown Mowgli made somewhat peace with an elderly Shere Khan. The trailer begins with Mowgli in a cage, probably captured by humans living in villages nearby to the jungle. "There's no singing or dancing from the animals, that's for sure". The film features motion capture performances by Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris in addition to Benedict Cumberbatch (Shere Khan), Christian Bale (Bagheera), and Serkis himself as Baloo.
We are introduced to the panther, Bagheera, voiced by Bale. Serkis, a veteran of motion capture acting, plays Baloo. Rohan Chand is portraying the titular character of Mowgli in the film. "This is trying to delve into Kipling's book and the journey for Mowgli as an outsider trying to find his identity", Serkis said at CinemaCon last month.
Now this is a version of The Jungle Book that we did not expect but we love it. Mowgli is a much darker version of the story and has such a brilliant cast, I can't even express my excitement.
Mowgli will be releasing in Australian theaters this year, more specifically it will be arriving on the 18th of October.
"One of the main themes in this movie is - Who am I in the world of animals and in the world of man?" On the creative side of Mowgli, Michael Seresin (War for the Planet of the Apes) is director of photography, Gary Freeman (Tomb Raider) is production designer, and Mark Sanger (Gravity), Alex Marquez (Snowden), and Jeremiah O'Driscoll (Flight) are editors.
The trailer of Mowgli will give you goosebumps!