A new trailer’s arrived for the action drama Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle directed by Andy Serkis. Netflix also released a new poster along with photos from the film which is described as a darker reinvention of Rudyard Kipling’s classic story.
The cast of the dramatic film includes Christian Bale as Bagheera, Benedict Cumberbatch as Shere Khan, Cate Blanchett as Kaa, Peter Mullan as Akela, Andy Serkis as Baloo, Matthew Rhys as John Lockwood, and Naomie Harris as Nisha. The cast of the PG-13 action adventure film also includes Freida Pinto, Jack Reynor as Brother Wolf, Eddie Marsan as Vihaan, and Tom Hollander as Tabaqui. Rohan Chand stars in the title role.
Netflix acquired Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle from Warner Bros Pictures in July 2018 and had originally targeted a 2019 release date. The streaming service now confirms Mowgli will open in limited theaters on November 29, 2018 followed by its release on Netflix on December 7, 2018.
Mowgli was in development around the same time as Disney’s The Jungle Book, but Disney’s film beat Mowgli into theaters. The Jungle Book opened to rave reviews (it currently sits at 95% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) and grossed more than $966 million worldwide before exiting theaters in 2016.
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 (Blanchett); the leader of the wolf pack, Akela (Mullan); the scavenging hyena, Tabaqui (Hollander); Nisha, the female wolf (Harris), who adopts the baby Mowgli as one of her cubs; Nisha’s mate, Vihaan (Marsan); and Mowgli’s Brother Wolf (Reynor).