‘The Jungle Book': First Clip Introduces Idris Elba’s Shere Khan

     March 23, 2016

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Earlier this week, Disney introduced you to The Jungle Book‘s wild characters and the A-List cast behind them with a set of side-by-side images, now you can get a better idea of those characters in action with the film’s first clip. Director Jon Favreau (Iron Man) returns to the realm of big-budget spectacle with The Jungle Book, but instead of superheroes, he utilized cutting-edge technology to bring the vast jungle and all its inhabitants — save for Neel Sethi’s live-action Mowgli—to life via computer animation. The results are remarkably photorealistic, as you can see in the clip below.

While there’s no denying the animation is top-shelf, I’m curious to see how that works with the tone of a family-friendly film. Giant tigers (especially those boasting the ferocious voice of Idris Elba) are terrifying, especially in contrast to one very small live boy, but they’re also wonderous. Favreau has a knack for turning out crowd-pleasers, so my hopes are high that he’ll be able to navigate between the film’s fantasy and reality aspects.

Check out the new The Jungle Book clip below and scroll down to check out a set of new character posters. The film features the voices of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken, Giancarlo Esposito, and Emjay Anthony. The Jungle Book opens in 2D and 3D on April 15th.


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Here’s the official synopsis for The Jungle Book:

Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of selfdiscovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.

 

The all-star cast also includes Lupita Nyong’o as the voice of the fiercely protective mother wolf Raksha, and Giancarlo Esposito as the voice of wolf pack’s alpha male Akela. “The Jungle Book” seamlessly blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world. The wild adventure swings into theaters in 3D on April 15, 2016.


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