Mowgli appears in a beautiful, lush jungle in a sneak peek video of Disney's new live-action and CGI film, The Jungle Book.
Newcomer Neel Sethi is playing the character, a boy raised by wolves who communicates with animals. Several actors are portraying CGI-animated characters, including Scarlett Johansson (Kaa, a python), Idris Elba (Shere Khan, an evil tiger), Bill Murray (Mowgli's friend Baloo, a bear), Ben Kingsley (Bagheera, a panther) Lupita Nyong'o (Raksha, a wolf and Mowgli's adoptive mother) and Christopher Walken (King Louie, an Orangutan).
A short clip was posted on Disney's Instagram page this weekend. It shows stunning jungle scenes—a river surrounded by vegetation and Mowgli standing on a mangled tree branch, covered in vines, in the middle of the jungle. Rustling ,or perhaps hissing, is also heard. A longer trailer is set to be released today Monday.
The Jungle Book, based on a collection of stories by British author Rudyard Kipling.
Jon Favreau is directing Disney's The Jungle Book, which is set for release on April 15, 2016.
Kingsley told E! in August at Disney's D23 convention:
"It is going to be a very different experience in that it's much more visceral. You feel the threat of the jungle, as well as the beauty of the jungle. You feel the power of those beasts as well as the story that they have to tell. You feel that there is something very muscular and vivid about those animals.
When the elephants came onto the screen, the audience gasped because they do look like a herd of elephants. You cannot imagine that that was created in a laboratory. It's almost impossible to believe that you're watching computer-generated images."