A new clip for Walt Disney Studios’ upcoming film The Jungle Book has been released, Highlighting Idris Elba’s Shere Khan.
Ever since the first footage from The Jungle Book was revealed at the D23 Expo last August, many have been excited to see more from Disney‘s reimagining of the classic tale, written by Rudyard Kipling. director Jon Favreau has been outspoken in talking about the film’s pioneering computer generated imagery work, being clear that everything you see in The Jungle Book, young Neel Sethi (Mowgli) aside, was made in a studio in LA. No real locations were used in the making of the film either.
The project began development back in July of 2013, and appears to be one of Walt Disney Pictures’ most important films, something that needed to merge all-star acting talent with truly cutting-edge visuals. The new clip, shown below, shows exactly that.
The footage demonstrates how well considered the film is, with an intelligent use of the animal’s (a Tiger’s in this case) mannerisms paired logically with the natural intonation of the actor’s (Idris Elba‘s in this case) speech.
Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire. The all-star cast also includes Lupita Nyong’o as the voice of the fiercely protective mother wolf Raksha, and Giancarlo Esposito as the voice of wolf pack’s alpha male Akela. “The Jungle Book” seamlessly blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world. The wild adventure swings into theaters in 3D on April 15, 2016.
The Jungle Book opens in cinemas April 15th.