First Look at Disney's 'The Jungle Book'

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The first official trailer has been released for Disney's live action remake of The Jungle Book and it looks incredible. Disney's animated original was released in 1967 and has since become a firm favourite among fans. This newest adaptation has the tricky challenge of respecting the beloved original, as well as delivering a fresh new experience to the audience. 

Director Jon Favreau explains, "The original film felt so young. The storylines and the mythology behind Kipling’s stories are very different from the animated film. Navigating those waters is one of my toughest jobs as the director.”

The trailer portrays a distinctly darker tone than the animated classic, but manages the perfect blend of  breath taking CGI and live action. The cast for Disney's newest venture is particularly impressive, with none other than Bill Murray taking the lead as  the loveable bear Baloo, and joining him is newcomer Neel Sethi as 'man-cub' Mowgli. 

As you might recognise from the trailer, the role of Kaa, the sly and dangerous snake, is played by Scarlett Johansson. Her mesmerising voice over in the trailer is guaranteed to make you sssshiver, "I'll keep you close...let go of your fear now..." It seems this Kaa is much different from the original, far more sinister and deadly.

Ben Kingsley is cast as the protective panther Bagheera, while Idris Elba takes the role of fearsome tiger Shere Khan. Perhaps one of the most iconic characters would be that of King Louie, the orang-utan King of the Apes. It seems only appropriate that Hollywood royalty himself, Christopher Walken, has accepted the role.

Whilst we still have a way to wait for it's release in April 2016, at least we have a small taste of the  Disney magic to come!

Now, who else has 'The Bare Necessities' stuck in their head? 
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