Andy Serkis's un-Disney-like 'Mowgli' gets theatrical release date, new trailer

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Netflix will be bringing Mowgli: Legend of the JungleAndy Serkis’s decidedly un-Disney-like dark take on Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book — to the big screen in a limited release on Nov. 29, ahead of its global debut on the streaming service on Dec. 7. Netflix also dropped a new trailer, which you can watch above.

Serkis, who also appears as iconic bear Baloo, assembled an all-star cast for his film, including Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Freida Pinto, Matthew Rhys, and Naomie Harris, along with newcomer Rohan Chand in the titular role.

In addition to the release date and trailer, Netflix also created a new poster to promote Mowgli.

Mowgli looks to the horizon.
Mowgli looks to the horizon.

The film had been developed by Warner Bros. before being sold to Netflix and could become first bona fide blockbuster (sorry, Bright fans), capping a year that has seen the service release a new Orson Welles movie (The Other Side of the Wind), a genuine Oscar contender (Roma) and a high profile novel adaptation (Bird Box) to its lineup.

And it looks like Netflix will stay in the Serkis business — the service is also funding Serkis’s motion-capture adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm, in a deal that was announced earlier this year.

Here’s the official Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle synopsis:

Acclaimed actor and director Andy Serkis reinvents Rudyard Kipling’s beloved masterpiece, in which a boy torn between two worlds accepts his destiny and becomes a legend. Mowgli (Rohan Chand) has never truly belonged in either the wilds of the jungle or the civilized world of man. Now he must navigate the inherent dangers of each on a journey to discover where he truly belongs.

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