American actor Rohan Chand plays the titular character Image: YouTube/Warner Bros
When we think of The Jungle Book, all we have are happy and fun memories of our beloved Mowgli — the wolf child whose tales we have heard and seen time and again. But the first trailer of Andy Serkis’s version of Rudyard Kipling's fantasy collection will knock you out of your happy place and leave you with a completely different impression.
In Mowgli , Serkis has decided to give his fantasy adventure film a dark treatment to differentiate the movie from Disney’s 2016 hit The Jungle Book, which generated $966 million (Rs 6571 crore) in worldwide box-office collections.
The downbeat trailer begins with an imprisoned Mowgli in a wooden cage, and he’s told by his panther friend Bagheera, voiced by Christian Bale, “When you were a cub, I looked you in the eye and saw no fear.” The Mowgli trailer doesn't have any comic antics and makes use of a gloomy and dark effect.
In an interview on ITV's This Morning in Britain, Serkis stated that he wanted to tell the story of Mowgli as an outsider and survivor.
"It's much closer to the tone of Rudyard Kipling's book and it takes into account the world that Kipling was living in. It's set in 19th century colonial India and it really has that feel and flavour. In this film, we see Mowgli try and assimilate himself into the world of a man in the Indian village," he said.
The live-action film is slated to release on October 8, and features American child actor Rohan Chand as Mowgli, besides Benedict Cumberbatch (Shere Khan), Cate Blanchett (Kaa), Naomie Harris (Nisha) and Tom Hollander (Tabaqui).