Mowgli (Neel Sethi) is a boy who was raised by the Indian wolves Raksha (Lupita Nyong’o) and Akela (Giancarlo Esposito). When the fearsome scarred Bengal tiger Shere Khan (Idris Elba) threatens his life since man isn’t allowed in the jungle, Mowgli leaves his jungle home. Guided by Bagheera the black panther (Ben Kingsley) and Baloo the bear (Bill Murray), he sets out on a journey of self-discovery while evading the human-hunting tiger Shere Khan.
Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who do not exactly have his best interests at heart-including Kaa (Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (Christopher Walken), an orangutan-resembling Gigantopithecus who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly “red flower” (his name for fire).
The Jungle Book is an upcoming American 3D live-animation adventure fantasy film directed by Jon Favreau, written by Justin Marks, and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is a live-action remake of the 1967 animated film. The film stars and introduces Neel Sethi as Mowgli with the film featuring the voice talents of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito and Christopher Walken. The film is scheduled to be released in Disney Digital 3D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D on April 15, 2016.
The Jungle Book
Directed by: Jon Favreau
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Bill Murray, Christopher Walken, Lupita Nyong’o, Emjay Anthony, Hannah Tointon, Sara Arrington
Screenplay by: Justin Marks
Production Design by: Christopher Glass
Cinematography by: Bill Pope
Film Editing by: Mark Livolsi
Costume Design by: Laura Jean Shannon
Set Decoration by: Amanda Moss Serino
Art Direction by: Ravi Bansal, John Lord Booth, Andrew L. Jones, Mike Stassi
MPAA Rating: PG for some sequences of scary action and peril.
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Release Date: April 15, 2016