If there is anyone that could find the perfect balance between motion capture and live action, it’s Andy Serkis. Why? Because no one knows mo-cap as well as he does.
Mowgli will be the second Jungle Book remake in less than 3 years. Not very long, right? But the tones of these two films are so unlike each other, they can hardly be compared. Mowgli seeks to tell more than just a story of a boy in a jungle. It seeks to tell the story of a boy finding where he belongs and who he is. Is he a wolf, or a man?
Working with both motion capture and live action can be a dangerous endeavor. There has to be a balance, and the performances have to be believable. There’s no room for error. And that is why Andy Serkis is the perfect choice to helm this film. He’s been in the mo-cap suit since the early 2000s, and has dominated the mo-cap stage ever since in countless movies like Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Planet of the Apes, and more. Who better to direct a film so heavily featuring mo-cap than the man who helped put it on the map? Who better to help the actors get comfortable in the suits? Not to mention the fact that Serkis has proved his directing chops with Breathe (2017). And he was the second unit director for The Hobbit trilogy!
Mowgli is a dark, but heartfelt take on the classic tale, with a star-studded cast to boot. Christian Bale as Bagheera, Cate Blanchett as Kaa, Benedict Cumberbatch as Shere Khan, Naomie Harris as Nisha, and Andy Serkis himself as Baloo! This is definitely going to be one of the must-see films of the year.
Watch the first official trailer for Mowgli below.
Mowgli Hits Theaters October 19th, 2018.