How many film adaptations of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book do we really need? I'd argue just one (Disney's 1967 animated version, obviously). But it seems the tale is the subject of newfound fascination, given Disney's live-action reboot of the story in 2016 and Warner Bros.'s similarly live-action Mowgli, which aims to stay truer to Kipling's gritty novel than any previous film has.
In a sneak peek below, director Andy Serkis — who knows his way around a CGI-heavy film thanks to his work in the Planet of the Apes and Lord of the Rings franchises — walks us through the story and the cast, which is led by young newcomer Rohan Chand and also includes voice work from Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale, and Cate Blanchett. Be sure to check out the official trailer above before the film hits cinemas on Oct. 18.