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Netflix’s Mowgli hopes you’ll forget Disney’s Jungle Book

Andy Serkis’ take on the classic story will stream in December

Andy Serkis’ Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle for Netflix gets its first trailer, showing off a darker version of The Jungle Book.

Previously, the project was originally set for an October release under Warner Bros., but in July, Netflix acquired the distribution rights, pushing the release date to a limited run in November before releasing it on Netflix.

The familiar characters of Baloo (Andy Serkis), Bagheera (Christian Bale) and Mowgli (Rohan Chad) himself are all present in the trailer, but this version of the film puts more of a focus on the human characters than Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book from 2016. Mowgli stumbles into the village, where he’s taken care of by a kindly woman named Messua (Freida Pinto) and encounters the fictional version of Rudyard Kipling’s father as played by Matthew Rhys.

There’s a clash between Mowgli’s human side and his animal one, and as the humans entrench upon the forest, he is forced to choose between these two sides of himself.

Benedict Cumberbatch plays Shere Khan and Cate Blanchett is the hypnotizing Kaa.

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle will be out in select theaters on Nov. 29, before streaming on Netflix on Dec. 7.

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