The first look at director Andy Serkis' Mowgli looks far scarier than its Disney counterpart, 2016's The Jungle Book.
The first trailer for the Warner Bros. adaptation lives up to Serkis' promise that his film will be closer in spirit to Rudyard Kipling's book. As such, the singing and dancing in both the iconic animated Disney feature and Jon Favreau's live-action update have been dropped in favor for dark realism as Mowgli tries to survive in the harsh Indian jungle populated by all sorts of dangers.
While still maintaining the scope and grandeur of Kipling's tale, the talking animals of Mowgli appear much more serious and sinister while Mowgli himself is portrayed as more of a survivor than carefree boy growing up in the jungle. A behind-the-scenes featurette accompanying the trailer has Serkis explain his intentions toward differentiating the movie from previous adaptations while staying true to Kipling's story.
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.
Arriving Oct. 19, Mowgli, stars Rohan Chand as the title character, with Christian Bale as Bagheera, Cate Blanchett as Kaa, Benedict Cumberbatch as Shere Khan, Naomie Harris as Raksha, Freida Pinto as Messua and Andy Serkis as Baloo.