Here’s the first trailer for Disney’s live-action/CG hybrid movie adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book,” which Jon Favreau is directing.
Lupita Nyong’o and Idris Elba both “voice-act” CG characters in the movie – specifically, Nyong’o plays Rakcha, a mother wolf who adopts Mowgli, the story’s main protagonist – a human child, found in a basket on the edge of a torn-apart boat as a baby. Orphaned, Mowgli was raised by Rakcha until he was 10 years old. However, the threat of Shere Khan forces her and the rest of the pack of wolves to which she belongs, to send him away.
Idris Elba is Shere Khan, the arrogant tiger who regards himself the rightful lord of the jungle.
Meanwhile, Scarlett Johansson plays Kaa, the python who eats other animals by hypnotizing them, and is the story’s other villain after Shere Khan.
Also starring are Bill Murray, and Christopher Walken.
Jon Favreau is directing from a script penned by Justin Marks.
Disney has a release date for the film, set for April 16, 2016.