With the film’s release only a couple weeks away, Disney has released a new The Jungle Book trailer. This one plays up not only the plot in a big way, but also why you should see the movie in IMAX, and it makes a convincing argument that this will be a spectacular film with a solid story to back up the visuals. A year ago, I didn’t think I would be all that excited for a Jungle Book film, especially when Jon Favreau’s last two blockbusters were Cowboys & Aliens and Iron Man 2, but he really seems to have nailed the heart of the characters and plot, and used the visual effects wizardry to his advantage.
Check out The Jungle Book IMAX trailer below. The film opens April 15th, stars Neel Sethi as Mowgli, and features the voices of Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken, Giancarlo Esposito, and Emjay Anthony.
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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.