Jon Favreau has been making his hometown of Flushing, Queens, New York very proud over the past 24 years. Whether it has been in front of the camera as an actor or behind the camera as a director, he’s been associated with some of our favorite films. He launched the Marvel film universe with “Iron Man” back in 2008 and his next film is a completely different albeit, highly desirable, adventure.
Based on a collection of stories by English author Rudyard Kipling, Favreau has the daunting task of re-imagining one of Disney’s most beloved properties, “The Jungle Book.” Disney’s 1967 version was an animated family favorite and has been beloved by fans for the past 49 years.
Using state of the art technology, Favreau is bringing a live-action version to the big screen and after seeing this trailer, we can’t WAIT! As you watch, keep in mind that 99% of what you see is CG. The entire film was shot in downtown Los Angeles! Every blade of grass, every ripple in the water, every hair on the animals, every location …ALL of it is CG and it looks absolutely incredible.
“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 photo realistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world.
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