Andy Serkis’ big-budget adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel, The Jungle Book, has had a rough journey, especially after Jon Favreau’s live-action version debuted in 2016 to high praise and earned $966 million worldwide. Of course, Mowgli, which has since be nabbed by Netflix, is a much darker tale than the other kid-friendly version. Those who are excited about this version won’t have to wait long as the streaming giant has just announced a December 7th release date.
If you think that Mowgli won’t rival Disney’s The Jungle Book, then you’re sorely mistaken. The film has an impressive cast that includes 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, Tom Hollander as Tabaqui, and Naomie Harris as Nisha. Plus, the motion capture work looks next level, which is exactly what you would expect from Serkis.
Human child Mowgli is 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 and a panther named Bagheera, Mowgli becomes accepted by the animals of the jungle as one of their own, but the fearsome tiger Shere Khan doesn’t take a liking to him. But there may be greater dangers lurking in the jungle, as Mowgli comes face to face with his human origins.