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Idris Elba’s Shere Khan makes his menacing presence felt in the first clip from Disney’s “The Jungle Book.”
In the scene, the tiger confronts the wolf pack about the man-cub Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi). “‘Mowgli’?” Shere Khan mocks Giancarlo Esposito’s Akela. “They’ve given it a name!”
Based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories, director Jon Favreau’s reimagining of Disney’s 1967 animated classic centers on Mowgli, 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.