Following the release of a new King Louie and Kaa-centric poster yesterday, Disney has unveiled the second part of their triptych image that focuses entirely on Idris Elba’s Shere Khan, who if I’m being honest, is more than enough to sell me on this project alone. Idris Elba doing the voice of a villainous tiger? If you’re not excited yet, then you clearly haven’t seen Luther… or The Wire… or really anything else he’s done.
With that being said, for a creature that is created from basically all CGI, the effects look pretty damn good and knowing what Elba will bring to the performance just makes this revamped version of Shere Khan, one of my all-time favorite animated Disney villains, even more exciting.
You can check out the poster below, with a new one set to be released tomorrow as well:
Here’s the film’s official synopsis:
“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 selfdiscovery, 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.”
Along with Elba, the film features one of the best ensemble casts of the year including Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken, Bill Murray, Lupita Nyong’o, Ben Kingsley, Giancarlo Esposito, and Neel Sethi. Some of them are veteran collaborators with Favreau, who has a knack for assembling a strong lineup in his films, and it will be interesting to see how Sethi as the newcomer, is able to hold the film up on his shoulders.
Out of all of Disney’s live-action reimaginings of the past few years, this one seems to have the most promise though, including the delightful Cinderella from director Kenneth Branagh early last year. Part of it goes to the pure special effects achievements that it boasts, and considering a majority of it was shot in a studio in Los Angeles, the film may live up to its hype in that regard. Favreau has a knack for turning out solid projects though, and here’s to hoping that The Jungle Book manages to both breathe new life into the property, while also paying homage to the classic film.
The Jungle Book is set to hit theatres on April 15th.
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