Last year, Disney found major success by turning the animated Cinderella into a live-action adaptation, and they’re hoping to do the same this year with The Jungle Book. The studio has released a new poster for Jon Favreau’s upcoming film, which stars Neel Sethi as Mowgli and then stacks the deck with famous actors to voice protagonist’s jungle friends and foe.
The studio has now released a new poster featuring both friend and foe, with King Louie (voiced by Christopher Walken) and the serpent Kaa (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) taking center stage. There will be a second poster tomorrow and a third poster on Thursday to form a triptych image that will presumably include all of the main characters. I also wouldn’t be surprised if Disney dropped a new trailer for the film as well.
Check out the new The Jungle Book poster below. The film opens April 15th, and also features the voices of Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Ben Kingsley, and Giancarlo Esposito.
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.