Disney’s live-action adaptation of classic story, The Jungle Book hits theatres this week and the new IMAX trailer will give you some background on Mowgli, the Man Cub before the movie debuts.
The featurette is introduced by Lupita Nyong’o who voices Raksha – the wolf matriarch in The Jungle Book. The clip shows Mowgli (portrayed by Neel Seth) and Kaa (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) meet for the first time. Kaa shows Mowgli where he comes from and how he came to live in the jungle. We’re shown how Mowgli‘s human father was killed by Shere Kan (voiced by Idris Elba) after Mowgli‘s father hit Shere Kan in the face with a fire torch which leaves a distinguishable scar on the tiger’s face.
The new live-action film by Disney features many beautiful and beloved animal characters from the classic story, including:
Bill Murray as the beloved Baloo
Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha
Lupita Nyong’o voices Raksha, a mother wolf who cares deeply for all of her pups—including man-cub Mowgli, whom she adopts as one of her own when he’s abandoned in the jungle as an infant. “She is the protector, the eternal mother,” says Nyong’o. “The word Raksha actually means protection in Hindi. I felt really connected to that, wanting to protect a son that isn’t originally hers but one she’s taken for her own.”
Christopher Walken as King Louis
King Louie is a formidable ape who desperately wants the secret of Man’s deadly “red flower“–fire. He’s convincedMowgli has the information he seeks. “King Louie is huge–12 feet tall,” says Christopher Walken, who voices the character. “But he’s as charming as he is intimidating when he wants to be.”
Scarlett Johansson as Kaa
Kaa is a massive python who uses her voice and hypnotic gaze to entrance Mowgli. The man-cub can’t resist her captivating embrace. “Kaa seduces and entraps Mowgli with her storytelling,” says Scarlett Johansson. “She’s the mirror into Mowgli’s past. The way she moves is very alluring, almost coquettish.”
Ben Kingsley as Bageheera
Bagheera is a sleek panther who feels it’s his duty to help the man-cub depart with dignity when it’s time for him to leave his jungle home. “Bagheera is Mowgli’s adoptive parent,” says Ben Kingsley, who lends his voice to Bagheera. “His role in Mowgli’s life is to educate, to protect and to guide. My Bagheera was military—he’s probably a colonel. He is instantly recognizable by the way he talks, how he acts and what his ethical code is.”
Giancarlo Esposito as Akela
Akela is the strong and hardened alpha-male wolf who shoulders the responsibility of his pack. He welcomesMowgli to the family, but worries he may one day compromise their safety. “Akela is a fierce patriarch of the wolf pack,” says Giancarlo Esposito, who voices the character. “He believes the strength of the pack lies in what each and every wolf offers. He’s a great leader, a wise teacher.”
Idris Elba as Shere Khan
Voiced by Idris Elba, Shere Khan bears the scars of man, which fuel his hatred of humans. Convinced that Mowgliposes a threat, the bengal tiger is determined to rid the jungle of the man-cub. “Shere Khan reigns with fear,” says Elba. “He terrorizes everyone he encounters because he comes from a place of fear.”
The Jungle Book was directed by Jon Favreau and is set to hit cinemas on 15 April 2016.