"The Jungle Book" is one of those classics that always brings a surge of nostalgia no matter what the time gap is. Hence, when the first trailer of Disney's 1967 classic animation's remake hit the Internet, fans went into a tizzy.
The trailer, based on Rudyard Kipling's stories, shows Mowgli (Neel Sethi) hurtling through the jungle along with various other animals from the story while the snake Kaa (Scarlett Johansson) provides a singsong voiceover.
The trailer is different from the one shown at Disney's D23 convention as it does not feature Baloo (Bill Murray) singing "The Bare Necessities." Instead, he is seen briefly whistling the song's catchphrase.
The film has been directed by Jon Favereau, who is known for directing "Iron Man 1" and "Iron Man 2." Apart from Bill Murray, the cast also includes Idris Elba (Shere Khan), Ben Kingsley (Bagheera) and Lupita Nyon'o with Christopher Walken playing the role of King Louie.
Ten-year-old New Yorker Neel Sethi will be the only actor to appear on-screen. It is Sethi's first film role. The actor said that he did most of the shootings himself without a stunt double.
In an interview with Zap2It, he said, "I would have eye-lines, and I would listen to their playback to hear other actors' lines, and I would just focus on my eye-line and picture a wolf, or a panther, or a bear."
A sequel has been already planned titled "Jungle Book: Origins", which is stated to be released in 2017. It will be the directorial debut of British actor Andy Serkis, who is best known for playing Gollum in The Lord of the Rings movies, and as a veteran motion-capture actor.
Cinema Blend has reported that the sequel will also have a high profile cast including Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett. Mowgli will be played by Rohan Chand who made his movie debut in Adam Sandler's Jack and Jill.
Disney is planning to make more live-action remakes of several other hit classic animations such as Cinderella, Dumbo and Beauty and the Beast.
"The Jungle Book" is slated to release on 15 April, 2016. Watch the latest trailer here: