‘Mowgli’ Trailer: Andy Serkis’ Darker Take on “The Jungle Book”

Warner Bros’ Live-Action

Warner Bros Pictures has unveiled the first full trailer for Mowgli, Andy Serkis’s gritty live-action take on Rudyard Kipling’s novel about the boy who grew up in the jungles of India.

Serkis plays the friendly bear Baloo in this version, joined by Benedict Cumberbatch (Shere Khan), Cate Blanchett (Kaa), Christian Bale (Bagheera), Matthew Rhys (John Lockwood), and young newcomer Rohan Chand (Mowgli).

Check out the first official trailer below.

Warner Bros’ Live-Action

Mowgli opens in theaters on October 19.

Warner Bros’ Live-Action

Blending live action and performance capture, the story follows the upbringing of the human child Mowgli (Rohan Chand) 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 (Andy Serkis) and a panther named Bagheera (Christian Bale), Mowgli becomes accepted by the animals of the jungle as one of their own. All but one: the fearsome tiger Shere Khan. (Benedict Cumberbatch). But there may be greater dangers lurking in the jungle, as Mowgli comes face to face with his human origins. The other story’s central animal characters are: Kaa, the snake (Cate Blanchett); the leader of the wolf pack, Akela (Peter Mullan); the scavenging hyena, Tabaqui (Tom Hollander); Nisha, the female wolf (Naomie Harris), who adopts the baby Mowgli as one of her cubs; Nisha’s mate, Vihaan (Eddie Marsan); and Mowgli’s Brother Wolf (Jack Reynor).