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Lupita Nyong’o & Idris Elba Both Voice Characters In Disney's 'Jungle Book' Adaptation

Disney's 'The Jungle Book' adaptation, featuring the voices of Lupita Nyong’o and Idris Elba, shares its visually-stunning first trailer.


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In April of next year, Disney will be releasing a hybrid CGI/live-action movie adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. Directed by Jon Favreau and written by Justin Marks, the film's only human star is ten-year-old Neel Sethi in his debut role as the movie's protagonist, Mowgli. Joining Sethi is a star-studded list of voices, including Scarlett JohanssonBill Murray, Christopher Walken, Ben KingsleyIdris Elba and Lupita Nyong'o.

The film marks Nyong'o's third Disney project currently in the works (the others being Stars Wars: The Force Awakens and the Ugandan chess biopic Queen of Katwe). In it, the Academy Award-winning actress will voice the fiercely protective motherly wolf character of Raksha. “I really enjoy that process, playing a mother of this boy,” she said in an interview with EW last month. “Just the love between a human and a wolf was something really cool to explore.”

Elba, meanwhile, will voice the villainous tiger known as Shere Khan.

Today, Disney's The Jungle Book shared its first official look with a visually-stunning trailer. A description accompanying the clip sheds additional insight on the reboot:

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 self-discovery, 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. The all-star cast also includes Lupita Nyong'o as the voice of the fiercely protective mother wolf Raksha, and Giancarlo Esposito as the voice of wolf pack’s alpha male Akela. “The Jungle Book” seamlessly blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world. The wild adventure swings into theaters in 3D on April 15, 2016.

The Jungle Book opens in theaters April 15, 2016. Watch the film's teaser trailer below.

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