See the first trailer for Disney’s live-action The Jungle Book

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Full trailer for Disney’s Jungle Book live action remake leaks online.

Directed by Jon Favreau and starring newcomer Neel Sethi, The Jungle Book also features the voice talents of Lupita Nyong’o, Giancarlo Esposito and Christopher Walken. The trailer, which should be unveiled in full later today/this week, shows what looks to be heavily CGI-ed footage featuring the original film’s favourite characters Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera and Shere Khan. The remake features a number of well-known names voicing the much-loved characters, including Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Bill Murray as Baloo and Ben Kingsley as Bagheera.

The 1-minute, 46-second clip opens with quick cuts of the jungle canopy, a river, and then our young hero Mowgli (Neel Sethi) listening to seductive hiss of Kaa the python: “Are you lonely here? The full trailer offers glimpses at the wild boy’s jungle friends and foes as well — plus an echo of a beloved scene from the original movie, in which Mowgli sits atop a floating Baloo’s stomach. The Disney live action Jungle Book reboot joins a host of remakes the movie company has in the works, such as Aladdin, Mulan, Beauty and the Beast and Dumbo.

What are you doing so deep in the jungle?” The menacing snake is far cry from the googly eyed goof in the 1967 film and, in another departure, is female, voiced by Scarlett Johansson. “The original film was a little male-heavy so we changed the character of Kaa,” says Favreau, who exclusively invited Yahoo Movies to screen the trailer at his production suite in the heart of Los Angeles’s Silicon Beach. “We thought that Scarlett, who I’ve worked with a few times, would be perfect. For so many people who are curious about movies, you always have a good audience so you don’t feel like you’re losing them.” The first teaser was unveiled during the D23 convention in August. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of selfdiscovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.

And the musical memories we have from that film [don’t] fit tonally with a film that’s photo-real, where there’s real danger and emotional stakes. The environments, the animals—all of that is generated by artists,” he said, adding that the film is “all a work in progress.” Working with Murray was on the filmmaker’s “bucket list,” he admitted. “Basically you put a little note in a hollow log in the forest and you hope that he shows up and does your movie…Bill Murray was one of my heroes growing up, from the early days of his films—Meatballs, Ghostbusters, SNL,” Favreau said. Working with him on was everything he hoped it would be. “Because it’s his face and you’re using his face for reference for performance, he can improvise,” the director said of the comedic actor. “I’d bring the little kid, Neel Sethi, who was 10 at the time. We used techniques that haven’t been used since Avatar, and we built upon those… Aside from newcomer Sethi, Johansson, and Murray, the stellar voice ensemble includes Ben Kingsley (Bagheera), Idris Elba (Shere Khan), Christopher Walken (King Louie), Lupita Nyong’o (the she-wolf Raksha), and Giancarlo Esposito (Akela, leader of the wolves) — all actors that Favreau says “bring humanity and emotion to the project to transcend the artificial nature of digital filmmaking.” “For a character like [King Louie] all of Walken’s facial expressions are worked in,” explains Favreau, “the further you get away from the human, the less it matters.

But if you watch Baloo on screen, you will see Bill Murray come through. “But when it comes to a snake, there’s no reason to motion-capture Scarlett Johansson’s performance. We really tried keep the performances within the believability of the animal species.” “If you get the lighting and physics correct, your subconscious brain gets snapped into the belief mode. You feel like you’re watching something real.” The director name-checks James Cameron, George Lucas, and Peter Jackson’s Weta Digital as influences on his Jungle Book visuals. But, from a guy whose Apple Watch sports a Mickey Mouse face, Favreau can’t help but mention another pioneering filmmaker. “The more you can hold a mirror up to nature, the more the myths seem to sing out.

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