Andy Serkis’ live-action adventure fantasy Mowgli is yet another film on Rudyard Kipling’s classic The Jungle Book, but this time it is darker and more serious. The new Jungle Book movie will certainly follow the boy who grew up in the wild but as we can see in the trailer, the tonality is a bit different, compared to other Jungle Book adaptations. The film is set for an October 19, 2018 release.
Originally titled Jungle Book: Origins, this 3D adaptation was earlier planned to be released on October 2016 but pushed forward because of the release of Disney’s The Jungle Book (April 15, 2016). The working title of the film Mowgli: Tales from the Jungle Book is now changed to simply Mowgli. Just like the earlier Jungle Book movie, this film also has an impressive list of stars giving voice to the talking animal characters, while Rohan Chand plays Mowgli, Matthew Rhys as John Lockwood, and Freida Pinto as Messua.
Watch the Movie Trailer – Mowgli
Here is the official synopsis:
The story follows the upbringing of the human child Mowgli, raised by a wolf pack in the jungles of India. As he learns the often harsh rules of the jungle, under the tutelage of a bear named Baloo and a panther named Bagheera, Mowgli becomes accepted by the animals of the jungle as one of their own. All but one: the fearsome tiger Shere Khan. But there may be greater dangers lurking in the jungle, as Mowgli comes face to face with his human origins.
Among the stars who voice for varied characters, we have Christian Bale as Bagheera; Cate Blanchett as Kaa; Benedict Cumberbatch as Shere Khan; Naomie Harris as Nisha; Andy Serkis (the director of the film) as Baloo; Tom Hollander as Tabaqui; Peter Mullan as Akela; Eddie Marsan as Vihaan; and Jack Reynor as Brother Wolf.
Mowgli hits cinemas on October 19.