First ‘Mowgli’ Trailer Teases Andy Serkis’ Dark Take on ‘The Jungle Book’

Warner Bros. has unveiled the long-awaited first look at Andy Serkis’ upcoming telling of The Jungle Book, titled Mowgli. What’s being described as a closer adaptation to the original novel than Disney’s most recent feature, Mowgli follows the young child who was raised by a pack of wolves, becomes accepted by the animals of the jungles of India, and comes face-to-face with his human origins.

The trailer is a clear indication that WB, and Andy Serkis specifically, have tried their absolute best to separate themselves from the Disney version that was brought to us by Jon Favreau. Disney and Favreau’s telling of this magical story stayed pretty close to the original animated movie, but this story will stay much closer to the original novel. What’s most interesting about this film is the hints of Indian culture, which will definitely give fans a complete new telling of not just this story, but of this character Mowgli.

I’m pretty fascinated by this film, and while it’s been in development for a very long time, the time looks to have paid off. Not to mention that absolute incredible voice cast that’s involved. We are pretty lucky as fans, with the voice cast from Disney’s and now this one for WB. It should make for some very thrilling and chilling moments within this story.

Check out the first official trailer below and after doing so, leave your thoughts in the comments! Are you interested in this telling or would you rather have the Disney version? How about the cast? Any Serkis’ Mowgli stars Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Naomie Harris, Andy Serkis, Matthew Rhys, Freida Pinto, Peter Mullan, Jack Reynor, Eddie Marsan, Tom Hollander, Rohan Chand and is released on October 19th.

“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.”

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