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.
“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).