Warner Bros. has released its first trailer for “Mowgli,” director Andy Serkis’ decidedly downbeat version of “The Jungle Book,” based on Rudyard Kipling‘s classic 19th Century tale of the boy who grew up in the jungles of India.
The studio appears to be making a major effort to differentiate the movie from Disney’s 2016 hit “The Jungle Book,” which generated $966 million in the worldwide box office. The CGI footage for “Mowgli” features genuinely threatening beasts such as the malevolent tiger Shere Khan, voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, who asserts, “My, my, how you’ve grown.”
The comedy-free trailer launches with Mowgli imprisoned in a wooden cage. He’s told by his friend Bagheera, voiced by Christian Bale, “When you were a cub, I looked you in the eye and saw no fear.”
Rohan Chand will be seen portraying the confused but brave Mowgli with Matthew Rhys, and Freida Pinto. The film features motion capture performances by Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris in addition to Benedict Cumberbatch(Shere Khan), Christian Bale (Bagheera), and Serkis himself as Baloo.
The film is all set to release worldwide on October 19.