Netflix debuts Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle trailer
Netflix has released the first official trailer for actor-director Andy Serkis’ upcoming live-action film adaptation Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle.
This version of the story focuses less on Disney storytelling and dives deep into the topics of colonization and its effects on the native wilderness as well as the concept of otherness and the discovery of one’s own personal identity. The animation of this film doesn’t look as strong as the Disney live-action version that came out in 2016. But the story seems to be one that might be more effective than the sanitized Disney version.
The official synopsis is below:
Blending live action and performance capture, 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 (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 film is led by Rohan Chand as Mowgli, Andy Serkis as Baloo, Christian Bale as Bagheera, Benedict Cumberbatch as Shere Khan, Cate Blanchett as Kaa, Peter Mullan as Akela, the leader of the wolf pack, Tom Hollander as Tabaqui, the hyena, Naomie Harris as Nisha, the wolf who adopts Mowgli, Eddie Marsan as Vihaan, Jack Reynor as Mowgli’s brother wolf, Freida Pinto, and Matthew Rhys.
The film will have its limited theatrical release on November 29 in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and London. It will be available for streaming on December 7 at Netflix. What do you think of the trailer? Let us know in the comments below.