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First Trailer for 'Mowgli,' Andy Serkis' Twisted Take on 'The Jungle Book'

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The latest Jungle Book adaptation’s trailer has arrived!

On Thursday, Netflix released its first promo for Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, a slighter darker vision of the classic story than the recent Disney version, featuring a young boy (Rohan Chand) who is raised by a pack of wolves in the treacherous jungles of India.

The first trailer teases a visually stunning adventure featuring a huge cast of digitally animated animals who help Mowgli as he attempts to survive in the wild. Ultimately, he must reconcile discovering that he is one of the destructive humans who live nearby, and where he truly belongs.

The film follows closely on the heels of 2016’s The Jungle Book, which is also based on Rudyard Kipling’s novel. And, although that version boasted a stellar cast, including Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Bill Murray and Christopher Walken, this new iteration is also rife with talent.

Using performance capture techniques, Christian Bale became Bagheera, the black panther who mentors Mowgli. Cate Blanchett is tackling the terrifying Kaa, a huge python. And the film’s director, Andy Serkis, is taking on the boy’s lovable friend Baloo the bear.

Originally, this version was competing with Disney’s to see which could be released first. However, Serkis was determined to use motion capture processes for the film, which can take time, allowing them the ability to slow down and get precisely the film they wanted.

“There is real jeopardy and consequence here, with an emotional resonance meant to be for a slightly older audience than most of the Jungle Book films we’ve seen,” Serkis told Deadline in July, when the film’s distribution rights were sold to Netflix. “That was reflected in the script and how it was cast, and the whole way we approached the design of the animals. The human being and the animals are emotionally truthful, and not in any way were we tipping the wink to the audience that this is a fairy tale.”

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle will arrive in theaters and on Netflix on Dec. 7.

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