You may remember us talking waaay back in 2014 about actor Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings trilogy, Planet of the Apes trilogy) and his directorial debut, centering on bringing Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book to the big screen with live-action and motion-capture technology. At that time, the film was dubbed The Jungle Book: Origins and had no ties to Netflix.
Fast forward four years as we approach the precipice of the release of Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (the new name of the project). The promise of a darkness to the project is a thread that has remained since that first announcement, as we can see in the new trailer and stills that Netflix has just dropped. If you ever doubted the power of motion-capture acting, Serkis and his cast and crew will change your mind. Check it out below, along with stills from the film.
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle hits theaters in Los Angeles, London, New York, and San Francisco on November 29th before being released in more theaters and on Netflix in the United States and the United Kingdom on December 7th.
From the official press release:
Acclaimed actor and director Andy Serkis reinvents Rudyard Kipling’s beloved masterpiece, in which a boy torn between two worlds accepts his destiny and becomes a legend. Mowgli (Rohan Chand) has never truly belonged in either the wilds of the jungle or the civilized world of man. Now he must navigate the inherent dangers of each on a journey to discover where he truly belongs. Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, Matthew Rhys and Naomie Harris lead an all-star cast along with newcomer Rohan Chand in this visually spectacular and emotionally moving adventure.
MOWGLI: LEGEND OF THE JUNGLE will have exclusive limited theatrical engagements starting November 29 in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and London. The film will be released globally on Netflix on December 7 and will have an expanded theatrical release in additional theaters in the U.S. and UK.