US director, writer and actor Jon Favreau will visit Sydney this month to promote the release of Disney’s new live-action film, “The Jungle Book” in Cinemas nationwide from mid April.
Favreau will attend the Australian preview screening of “The Jungle Book” on Thursday 31 March followed by a live Q&A, as part of a two-day press tour.
With a list of big and small screen credits to his name, indie film favourite turned Blockbuster producer, Favreau has established himself as a master of many trades. He directed the blockbuster hits “Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2”, wrote the acclaimed comedy “Swingers” and has
stepped in front of the camera for roes in “Wolf of Wall Street, “Couples Retreat,” “I Love You, Man,” and “The Break-Up”.
Blending live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, “The Jungle Book” is an all-new epic adventure based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film.
“The Jungle Book” opens on Thursday 7 April in Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania and the Northern Territory, and on Thursday 14 April in New South Wales, West Australia, South Australia and the ACT.
Directed by Jon Favreau (“Chef,” “Iron Man,” “Elf”), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johannsson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.
The all-star cast also includes Lupita Nyong’o as the voice of the fiercely protective mother wolf Raksha, and Giancarlo Esposito as the voice of wolf pack’s alpha male Akela. “The Jungle Book” seamlessly blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world. The wild adventure swings into theaters in 3D on April, 2016.