According to director Andy Serkis, Mowgli is an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book that retains more of the story's darkness. It follows Mowgli (Rohan Chand), a child raised in the jungle, as he is torn between his home and the human world.
The film also stars Christian Bale (Bagheera, panther), Cate Blanchett (Kaa, snake), Benedict Cumberbatch (Shere Khan, tiger), Naomie Harris (Nisha, the wolf who adopts baby Mowgli as one of her cubs), Eddie Marsan (Vihaan, Nisha’s mate), Peter Mullan (Akela, leader of the wolf pack), Andy Serkis (Baloo, bear), Jack Reynor (Wolf, Mowgli’s Brother), and Tom Hollander (Tabaqui, hyena).
It comes to theaters October 19, 2018.
Andy Serkis explains how his new movie 'Mowgli' is a darker adaptation of 'The Jungle Book' and more. https://t.co/c6dhkKtxJ9— Collider (@Collider) May 21, 2018
In this interview, Serkis talks about:
- What makes this adaptation darker than the cartoon version
- Including elements of Indian culture in the film
- What it’s like doing motion capture for non-bipedal animals
- Balancing performance and effects
- Working with Rohan Chand