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Idris Elba’s Shere Khan Commands Attention in New ‘Jungle Book’ Promo

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Disney has debuted a new TV spot for “The Jungle Book” that highlights the danger posed by the fearsome tiger Shere Khan (Idris Elba) is director Jon Favreau’s fantasy adventure.

Based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories, the live-action/CGI reimagining of Disney’s 1967 animated classic centers on Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. However, he soon finds he’s no longer welcome in the jungle when Shere Khan, who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he views as a threat.

Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli begins a journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (Bill Murray). Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.

Opening April 15, “The Jungle Book” also stars Lupita Nyong’o as the voice of the fiercely protective mother wolf Raksha, and Giancarlo Esposito as the voice of wolf pack’s alpha male Akela.

Comments

  • shaunn

    In the original Jungle Book stories, Kaa was one of Mowgli’s allies. It would be unfortunate if the new film stayed with the distortion from the earlier animated film.

  • pikppa .

    And in the original story, Shere Khan was a crappy weakling idiot whome no one sees as a threat. Not to mention that the original story was half British colonialism propaganda half completely unregard and half demonizing over wild animals and nature. The Disney version is a masterpiece because it didn’t payed attention to it, just like with Tarzan.

  • pikppa .

    And in the original story, Shere Khan was a crappy weakling idiot whome no one sees as a threat. Not to mention that the original story was half British colonialism propaganda half completely unregard and half demonizing over wild animals and nature. The Disney version is a masterpiece because it didn’t payed attention to it, just like with Tarzan.

  • shaunn

    It’s been ages since I read the JB, but I don’t recall Shere Khan being “weakling idiot whom no one sees as a threat.” I’ll have to re-read to see if that interpretation is valid. But, for me, the fact that Kaa was an ally is something I remember quite clearly (though Kaa also almost got Balloo and Bagheera, after hyponotizing the monkeys). Kiplng was certainly a British colonialist, but demonizing the animals is something that I also don’t recall (at all). At any rate, yours is an interesting take on the JB,