After teasing its component parts throughout the past week, Disney has revealed the third and final part of its triptych poster for the Jungle Book, and it’s absolutely stunning.
The panoramic image features modern incarnations of the familiar and much-loved characters. Newcomer Neel Sethi, who plays Mowgli, is the only human character in the film, with the CGI-animals being voiced by a star-studded cast. Familiar voices include Bill Murray as Mowgli’s BFF bear pal Baloo, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Idris Elba as the nefarious tiger Shere Khan, Lupita Nyong’o as protective wolf mother Raksha, Christopher Walken as orangutan King Louie, and Scarlett Johansson as Kaa.
The movie, directed by Jon Favreau, blends live-action shots with photorealistic CGI animals and environments. The result promises to be a much more realistic version than Disney’s 1967 cartoon musical take on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless story, which was first published in 1894. The Jungle Book is Disney’s fourth live-action film based on their classic library, following Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland, and Cinderella.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Jungle Book:
The Jungle Book offers an all-new, live-action/CGI epic adventure about Mowgli (Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (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 self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (Bill Murray) . Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (Scarlett Johansson), a python who’s seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.
Take a peek at the trailer below:
The Jungle Book will be released in theaters April 15.
(Image courtesy of Disney)