Mowgli Trailer: This Jungle Book Tale Is Dark And Invigorating

Tanya Simon
May 22, 2018

The first teaser trailer for "Mowgli" has been released.

While the Serkis had previously done double-duty as actor and second-unit director for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, he's making his feature directorial debut with Mowgli, a darker adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book.

Just over two years after Disney's live-action The Jungle Book grossed almost $1 billion worldwide, Warner Bros. and director Andy Serkis are bringing Rudyard Kipling's beloved book to the big screen once again.

Blending live action and performance capture, the story follows the upbringing of the human child Mowgli (Chand) raised by a wolf pack in the jungles of India.

'In this film we see Mowgli try and assimilate himself into the world of man in the Indian village, ' Serkis said in an interview on British television Monday.

As mentioned above, Andy Serkis directed the film from a screenplay by Kallie Cloves. Serkis complimented Christian Bale (Bagheera) and Cumberbatch for their portrayal of their respective characters.

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From the trailer we can see that there is going to be quite a selection of high-ranking actors involved in this title. Serkis, a veteran of motion capture acting, plays Baloo, while Rohan Chand plays Mowgli.

After reading Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, one's natural conclusion is to wish that it was darker, grittier and more violent. The cast also includes Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris, Matthew Rhys and Freida Pinto.

A trailer of the upcoming film "Mowgli" has been released online. But for Serkis, he wanted to play Baloo, who he compares to a drill sergeant.

Problematic and openly imperialistic, Kipling's work reflects his ethics in some ways but, unlike the Mowgli trailer, his metaphorical acumen is far more subtle.

Of course, we'll have to wait to really get the whole picture until October 19 when Mowgli arrives in theaters.

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