First look: Netflix debuts trailer for ‘Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle’

(NEW YORK) — So far, there have been at least nine film adaptations of the 124-year-old Rudyard Kipling classic story The Jungle Book, the first in 1942.  Now Netflix is giving us the first look at the latest.

The first trailer for Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, directed by Andy Serkis, stars Rohan Chand as Mowgli, the young boy raised by wolves in the jungles of India and who befriends all of the jungle animals, while feeling the increasing pull toward the world of the humans he watches from afar.

The live-action adaptation also stars the voices of Serkis, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Freida Pinto, Matthew Rhys and Naomie Harris.  It debuts on Netflix December 7.

Unlike other Netflix films, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle will also enjoy a limited theatrical release, beginning November 29 in New York, LA, San Francisco and London.  It’ll expand to other U.S. and U.K. theaters after its Netflix debut.

The most recent film adaptation of The Jungle Book was Disney’s 2016 live-action movie, directed by Jon Favreau and starring Neel Sethi as Mowgli, and featuring the voices of Lupita Nyong’o, Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson,  Ben Kingsley and Christopher Walken.  It earned $364 million domestically and $966.5 billion dollars globally.  A sequel’s currently in production.

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