I feel overcome with a sense of worry. In the past couple of weeks, a lot of great press has been released for the new live action version of The Jungle Book. My worry is that you, my amazing readers, don’t know how very excited I am for this movie. Let’s get one thing straight, I am freaking out over all the news of this film. I think it looks fantastic. I think the cast looks fantastic. I think the soundtrack sounds fantastic. All of it seems to mesh so well that I am really looking forward to seeing this film. Below is a featurette released by Disney to show off the cast and how they went about adapting this Disney Classic into the film that we will be watching next month.
I especially love that Bill Murray mentions his love of the original book as a reason for wanting to do the film. It’s that love for the source material that often makes projects so good. The whole cast is solid but I’m especially excited for Scarlet Johansson as Kaa and Christopher Walkin as King Louie. Not to mention that newcomer Neel Sethi looks great as Mowgli. He seems very natural in the roll and just looks to always be having a good time.
Last week we also got a glimpse of some excellent photos of the cast with their characters. I’ve put these below in case you missed them. I think these are especially great as they are really pushing the fact that this is an all star, talented cast, despite the fact that they are all animated in the film.
These photos are such a great way to introduce the cast and they are done with such style. All in all, this looks like a great team and my hopes are high that they will make something super wonderful. While Disney has been having a stretch of really solid animated films, their live action ventures of late have been met with some criticism. Maleficent and Alice in Wonderland weren’t really considered the best films ever. Hopefully this film puts them as on track with live action as they have been with animation.
So? Are you excited yet? And which cast member do you think is going to be the best in their role? Let me know in the comments below.