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Photos: Disney’s The Jungle Book, old myth told Favreau-style

Idris Elba is Shere Khan in Disney's The Jungle Book.

Disney’s The Jungle Book, directed by Jon Favreau, brings the classic tale of Mowli, an orphan boy raised by a variety of furry friends (including a pack of wolves, a bear and a black panther), to life this April.

With the help of an all-star cast including Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o, Sir Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken and Giancarlo Esposito, the “old myth” will be told in a “new” Favreau-style way.

In an interview with movie blog, Slash Film, the Jungle Book director said:

“For me as a filmmaker, if you’re not going back to the old myths and telling them in a new way, you’re not interesting, you’re not doing the type of storytelling that I enjoy spending years of my life doing.”

He also explained what made his version of the story different, “A lot of this is mixing those two and adding greater adventure and peril and a greater edge and sense of danger than the musical one had, while retaining the elements that I would want to see, and want to take my kid to see.”

The Jungle Book will hit theaters nationwide on Friday, April 15th. Watch the movie trailer below:

 

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Daysi Calavia-Robertson has a BA in Mass Communications from Florida International University. Her articles have appeared in The Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, The Sun-Sentinel, The South Florida Times and The Huffington Post. She's also conducted entertainment reporting segments on local television. No matter what the medium, Daysi believes in the power of storytelling.

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