Disney releases dark first trailer for new ‘The Jungle Book’ movie

Bill Murray, Idris Elba and Scarlett Johansson lend their voices to the 3D adaptation

Disney has released a surprisingly dark first trailer for its new The Jungle Book movie.

Iron Man 3‘s Jon Favreau directs the 3D adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic tales, which is set for release on April 15, 2016.

Ten-year-old newcomer Neel Sethi is the film’s only live-action actor, playing Mowgli alongside a menagerie of performance capture animals voiced by Bill Murray (Baloo the bear), Idris Elba (villainous tiger Shere Kahn), Lupita N’yongo (mother wolf Rakcha), Christopher Walken (ape King Louis), Scarlett Johansson (python Kaa) and Ben Kingsley (black panther Bagheera).

Disney’s new adaptation of The Jungle Book isn’t conceived as a musical, but Favreau has confirmed that it will feature several songs including Bill Murray singing ‘The Bare Necessities’. The much-loved song from Disney’s original 1967 version of The Jungle Book has been covered over the years by artists as diverse as Brian Wilson, Bowling for Soup and Julie Andrews.

Favreau took to Twitter shortly after the trailer debuted to answer questions from fans. Asked whether the film has an “overall dark tone”, the director replied: “No. You’ll see as more footage comes out that the tone is a mix between the original animated version and a modern action/adventure.”