After a long wait, today we finally get our very first look at Mowgli, Warner Bros.’ darker and moodier interpretation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Under the watchful eye of Andy Serkis, Mowgli, which has been in development since 2012, is a complete reinvention of the story Jon Favreau recently explored in Disney’s 2016 version. Hardcore fans of the classic book will be impressed.
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 and a panther named Bagheera, Mowgli becomes accepted by the animals of the jungle as one of their own. All but one: the fearsome tiger Shere Khan. But there may be greater dangers lurking in the jungle, as Mowgli comes face to face with his human origins.
Mowgli, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, Naomie Harris and Serkis himself, will be released on October 19.