New ‘Jungle Book’ trailer is wild

15 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

New ‘Jungle Book’ trailer is wild.

The Jungle Book features Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi, chosen from an international search), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves — including Lupita Nyong’o as the voice of the fiercely protective mother wolf Raksha, But Mowgli finds himself on the wrong-end of fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man and promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. So Mowgli embarks on a journey from the jungle guided by panther mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Jon Favreau is directing the adaptation of Disney’s animated film, and while it’s part of the studio’s larger initiative of turning its classics into live-action films, the new Jungle Book is actually a CG and live-action hybrid. Along the way, Mowgli encounters other captivating creatures including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson), a python with seductive voice and gaze, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken).

Unlike the trailer that was shown at Disney’s D23 convention, this teaser does not feature Bill Murray (Baloo) singing The Bare Necessities: instead we hear him briefly whistling the song’s refrain. The animals and environment are actually photorealistic computer-generate imagery, merged together with performance capture and footage shot of the cast, particularly Neel Sethi, who plays Mowgli. The film, which is directed by Jon Favreau, also features the voices of Idris Elba (Shere Khan), Ben Kingsley (Bagheera) and Lupita Nyong’o, with Christopher Walken stepping into Louis Prima’s shoes as King Louie. The film also stars such heavyweights as Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, and Christopher Walken, but the performance that got the biggest reaction during D23 was Bill Murray as the bear Baloo.

The original Jungle Book was a musical, with a duet between Mowgli and Baloo called “The Bare Necessities” serving as one of the most memorable numbers from the film. He spent most of the shoot acting by himself. “I would have eye-lines, and I would listen to their playback to hear [the other actors’] lines, and I would just focus on my eye-line and picture a wolf, or a panther, or a bear,” he told the website Zap2It. In the D23 footage, Baloo was shown floating down a river, subtly humming “Bear Necessities” to himself, serving as a bridge between the classic film and the modern update. This remake will be followed in 2017 by Jungle Book: Origins, the directorial debut of Andy Serkis, the British actor best known for playing Gollum in The Lord of the Rings, and a veteran of motion-capture acting.

It will feature a heavyweight cast including Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Benedict Cumberbatch, with the role of Mowgli taken by Rohan Chand, who made his screen debut at the age of six in Adam Sandler’s Jack and Jill.

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