Despite being yet another one of Disney’s live-action “reimaginings” Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book has a surprising amount of hype behind it at this point, following the release of a stellar teaser trailer and featuring one of the best all-around casts of this year. Coming off of his indie-darling with Chef too, it looks like Favreau is returning to the blockbuster realm in style, with what will hopefully prove to be one of Disney’s most successful recent endeavors (that doesn’t include the words “Marvel” or “Lucasfilm” associated with them).
Shot almost entirely in a studio in Los Angeles as well, the film boasts some of the best motion capture and environmental special effects of recent memory, or at least the trailer makes it look like it. Now, with the film only a few months away from its theatrical release as well, a new poster has been revealed focusing on two of the movie’s main animal characters.
Putting Christopher Walken’s King Louie and Scarlett Johansson’s Kaa front and center, the poster boasts more of the film’s special effects, including the detailed background work that will hopefully remain consistent throughout the entire film. Check it out below:
“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.”
This is just the first in three posters that are set to be released over the next few days, with a second one arriving tomorrow, and the third set to be released on Thursday. Together the three posters will form a triptych image that will presumably feature a majority, if not all of the characters in the film. With the release of these posters now too, I wouldn’t be surprised if we can expect a new trailer of the movie sometime soon as well.
It seems like Favreau’s passion for the project could help to elevate it above some of the other Disney reimaginings of the past few years. While the special effects look stunning though, and it will be interesting to see such talented actors playing these different kinds of animals, I just hope that Favreau hasn’t gotten too wrapped up in the film’s visuals that the story suffers. The trailer makes it seem like he’s managed to hang onto the same tone and spirit of the animated original, so here’s to hoping that isn’t just clever marketing techniques.
The Jungle Book is set to hit theatres on April 15th.
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