Unless you have been living under a rock the past few months, then you will be well aware that there is a live action Jungle Book movie coming to our screens this April (April 15th to be exact). It will blend CGI with live action to bring us one a live action version of one of Disney’s most beloved and classic animated films.
Set to be directed by John Favreau (director of Iron Man and Chef) based on Rudyard Kipling’s works of the same name, it follows the story of a man cub named Mogli, raised by Indian Wolves Raksha and Akela ever since he was abandoned as a baby and brought to them by the black panther Bagheera. When the fearsome scarred Bengal tiger Shere Khan returns and threatens his life since man isn’t allowed in the jungle, Mowgli leaves his jungle home. Aided by Bagheera and Baloo the bear, he sets out on a journey to the man village all while avoiding the man-hunting Shere Khan. Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures such as a python named Kaa and the Jungle VIP King Louie the Orangutan who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret of mans great fire.
Along with the above trailer Disney have released a number of images of the voice cast posing alongside the characters they will be voicing in the film.
Giancarlo Esposito with Akela
Sir Ben Kingsley as Bagheera
Scarlett Johansson with Kaa
Christopher Walken with King Louie
Lupita Nyongo with Raksha
All the above images are curtesy of Disney, sadly though we don’t have an image of Bill Murray sitting with Baloo, maybe Disney are saving that for closer to the time. However though, Idris Elba does look badass sitting beside Shere Khan.
Disney’s live action version of The Jungle Books hits cinemas on April 15th.