Check Out This New Still From ‘The Jungle Book’

It seems that over the last couple of days, Entertainment Weekly and Empire Magazine have been breaking exclusive entertainment content. At the beginning of the week, Entertainment Weekly gave us an inside look at Marvel’s Doctor Strange film and now it’s Empire’s turn. Empire just released an exclusive still from the highly anticipated Disney release The Jungle Book. The Jungle Book boasts a stupendous cast: Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Bill Murray, Christopher Walken, Ben Kingsley and Lupita Nyong’o. However, it seems that this version of The Jungle Book will once again focus on young jungle dweller Mowgli, played by Neel Sethi.

The Jungle Book

“There was a certain quality we wanted, and we knew he was going to have to carry the film,” Favreau told Empire about his leading man-cub. “So it was going to have to be somebody that had a certain charisma, a certain charm and certain qualities that I remember from the cartoon.”

As the above image shows, Mowgli isn’t alone in the jungle. The sopping wet wolf the youngling¬†is clinging to is Raksha (voiced by Lupita Nyong’o), one half of Mowgli’s adoptive parents (the other, Akela, is voiced by Breaking Bad‘s Giancarlo Esposito).

Dewey Singleton - Film Critic
Dewey Singleton - Film Critic
I'm a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and have been doing reviews for many years. My views on film are often heard in markets such as Atlanta, Houston, and satellite radio. My wife often tolerates my obsession for all things film related and two sons are at an age now where 'Trolls' is way cooler than dad. Follow me on twitter @mrsingleton.