Since sharing the first look teaser of Mowgli for the CinemaCon audience in April, fans have been eagerly waiting for its first trailer which is expected to hit anytime in the following days or month. But for now, Warner Bros. has released 15 new production stills from Andy Serkis’ dark and faithful adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book titled Mowgli.
The new production stills indicate that the movie has much grittier and darker vibe as promised by director Andy Serkis. What’s more interesting is the first look at Rohan Chand as Mowgli from the Jungles of India.
The movie has clearly distanced itself from Disney’s adaptation, The Jungle Book directed by Jon Favreau. But Warner Bros. Mowgli won’t just be for the adult audience as the film has been rated PG-13 from the MPAA for its ‘bloody images’.
The stills below show Mowgli caged and other scenes show him interacting with humans. One of the photos shows a black bear in the background but blurred as the focus is on the young child. It seems to be the bear character named Baloo played by Serkis.
Though the photos offer a good fresh look at Mowgli, the rest of its characters from the jungle are yet to be unveiled. Perhaps, fans will get to see them when the studio releases its first trailer.
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, the young child becomes accepted by the animals of the jungle as one of their own. But that doesn’t apply for 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.
Directed by Andy Serkis, Mowgli stars Christian Bale as the cunning panther, Bagheera, Cate Blanchett as the sinister snake known as Kaa, Benedict Cumberbatch as the fearsome tiger, Shere Khan, Naomie Harris as Nisha, the female wolf and Andy Serkis as the wise bear, Baloo.
Rounding out the cast are Peter Mullan as the leader of the wolf pack, Akela, Jack Reynor as Mowgli’s brother Wolf, Eddie Marsan as Nisha’s mate, Vihaan and Tom Hollander as the scavenging hyena, Tabaqui.
Over on the human side, Matthew Rhys plays as Lockwood, Freida Pinto as Messau and young actor Rohan Chand is the main protagonist playing the young child. The movie will hit theatres on October 19 this year.
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