Trailer watch: Bagheera and Shere Khan fight in The Jungle Book


Ben Kingsley voices the majestic Bagheera, Mowgli's travel companion.

Audiences have gotten a first look at Jon Favreau's adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic novel The Jungle Book in a magnificent trailer filled with action and suspense.

Scheduled for release on April 15, 2016, The Jungle Book has given audiences a quick look at its impressive mix of live action and motion capture, brilliantly used for the creation of the animals in the film.

The only real actor in the film is Neel Sethi, the 10-year-old who plays Mowgli, an orphan brought up among the wolves in the Indian jungle. Upon the return of Shere Khan, a vicious tiger who eats humans, Mowgli is forced to return among the humans, a long journey filled with danger during which he is accompanied by Bagheera the panther.

Disney and Favreau, director of the first two Iron Man films, have succeeded in casting some of Hollywood's biggest names for this latest version of The Jungle Book, a modern retelling of the classic Disney cartoon from 1967.

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Scarlett Johansson is the voice of Kaa the snake while Neel Sethi plays Mowgli.

Bill Murray played the motion capture game in order to lend his movements and voice to Baloo the bear, while Scarlett Johansson did the same for Kaa, the hypnotising snake. In fact it is her voice alone that narrates the film's first trailer.

Ben Kingsley (Bagheera), Idris Elba (Shere Khan), Christopher Walken (King Louie the orang utan) and Lupita Nyong'o (Rashka the wolf) also lent their voices to the film.

Disney's The Jungle Book will come out before Jungle Book Origins, another adaptation of the Kipling classic directed by Andy Serkis and starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Benedict Cumberbatch. That version won't hit theatres until 2017.

Look out for the familiar tune of Bare Necessities in the trailer. – AFP Relaxnews

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Ben Kingsley voices the majestic Bagheera, Mowgli's travel companion.

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Bill Murray voices Baloo the bear.

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