“Mowgli” Trailer Shows Grittier Take On The Jungle Book

By Creative Media Times

Warner Bros. Pictures

“Witness the darkest retelling of the beloved masterpiece,” the tagline appears on the trailer.

Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for Andy Serkis’ upcoming live-action adventure fantasy film “Mowgli,” and it looks spectacular.

An adaptation of Ruyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, the film follows the upbringing of the human child Mowgli (Rohan Chand) who was raised by a pack of wolves in the jungles of India.

Rohan Chand is the titular character while Serkis plays Baloo. They are joined by Cate Blanchett as Kaa, Christian Bale as Bagheera, Matthew Rhys as John Lockwood, and Benedict Cumberbatch who plays fearsome tiger Shere Khan, the main antagonist in the book.

Based on the trailer, it certainly looks like a darker and serious version when compared to the Disney adaptation released in 2016, just as Serkis originally stated in his interview with Vulture two years ago. The film was rated PG-13 by MPAA earlier this year.

Directed by Andy Serkis from the screenplay by Callie Kloves, “Mowgli” hits theaters on October 19, 2018.

Here is the synopsis for the film:

“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, Mowgli becomes accepted by the animals of the jungle as one of their own. All but one: 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.”