New trailer for Netflix's Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle swings into action

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Nov 8, 2018

The new trailer for Netflix's Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle has arrived. The fantasy adventure, the latest live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic The Jungle Book, is being directed by mo-cap master Andy Serkis, beloved of course for playing Gollum in The Lord of the Rings movies and Caesar in the Planet of the Apes franchise.

And by the looks of things, the streaming service is taking a grittier approach to its classic source material compared to Disney's 2016 take on the tale, which similarly used motion capture.

"Bagheera, why am I different?" asks Mowgli in the clip.

"You are special, little brother," replies the black panther, Mowgli's friend and protector, played by Christian Bale.

The latest iteration once again follows Mowgli, a human boy left in an Indian jungle who is raised by wolves and grows up learning the laws of the jungle under the tutelage of Baloo the Bear, performed by Serkis.

"You've got hands, so let's use 'em!" Baloo instructs his pupil, who lunges unsuccessfully for a tree branch.

As Mowgli comes to discover his human heritage, the "man-cub" also realizes the threat his kind poses to his animal kingdom friends and the only home he's truly ever known.

"We're afraid of what Man might do to us… the pack needs you, Mowgli," one of his wolf brothers tells him.

Will this child of the wild step up and lead them to safety? We'll find out when Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle hits select theaters and Netflix on December 7.

Originally called Mowgli, the film began life at Warner Bros. before the studio ended up selling it to Netflix, which changed the title. The cast includes Benedict Cumberbatch as the villainous big cat Shere Khan, Cate Blanchett as Kaa the Python, and Naomie Harris as Nisha the Wolf, along with Peter Mullan, Freida Pinto, and Jack Reynor.

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