When Netflix announced this summer that the company had acquired the Andy Serkis-directed Mowgli (now subtitled Legend of the Jungle), it was believed the film would be bypassing a theatrical release and that it would be available on the streaming service in 2019. But now Netflix has made the surprise announcement that the movie will open in limited theaters in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and London on November 29. Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle will then be released globally on Netflix on December 7 and it will have an expanded theatrical release in additional theaters in the U.S. and UK. With the reveal comes a new Mowgli trailer, which you can watch above, as well as the poster and new images, which you’ll find below.
Acclaimed actor and director Andy Serkis reinvents Rudyard Kipling’s beloved masterpiece, in which a boy torn between two worlds accepts his destiny and becomes a legend. Mowgli (Rohan Chand) has never truly belonged in either the wilds of the jungle or the civilized world of man. Now he must navigate the inherent dangers of each on a journey to discover where he truly belongs.
The actors performing the roles of the story’s central animal characters are: Oscar winner Christian Bale as the cunning panther, Bagheera; Oscar winner Cate Blanchett as the sinister snake, Kaa; Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch as the fearsome tiger, Shere Khan; Oscar nominee Naomie Harris as Nisha, the female wolf, who adopts the baby Mowgli as one of her cubs; Andy Serkis as the wise bear, Baloo; Peter Mullan as the leader of the wolf pack, Akela; Jack Reynor as Mowgli’s Brother Wolf; Eddie Marsan as Nisha’s mate, Vihaan; and Tom Hollander as the scavenging hyena, Tabaqui.
On the human side, Matthew Rhys is Lockwood; Freida Pinto is Messua; and young actor Rohan Chand will play Mowgli, the boy raised by wolves.
“I’m really excited about Netflix for Mowgli,” Serkis said previously. “Now, we avoid comparisons to the other movie [Disney’s 2016 release The Jungle Book] and it’s a relief not to have the pressure. I’ve seen the 3D version, and it’s exceptional, a different view from the 2D version, really lush and with great depth, and there will be some kind of theatrical component for that. What excites me most is the forward thinking at Netflix in how to present this, and the message of the movie. They understand this is a darker telling that doesn’t fit it into a four quadrant slot. It’s really not meant for young kids, though I think it’s possible that 10 or above can watch it. It was always meant to be PG-13, and this allows us to go deeper, with darker themes, to be scary and frightening in moments. The violence between animals is not gratuitous, but it’s definitely there. This way of going allows us to get the film out without compromise.”
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