Bill Murray Is The Best Bear Ever In The New Jungle Book Trailer

Last night’s big Super Bowl game featured a second, longer look at the big game that makes up the cast of characters in Iron Man director Jon Favreau’s new live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book.

Anyone who has read the book or seen Disney’s 1967 animated version will know the story of the boy raised by wolves and recognize the panthers, tigers, and friendly old bear Baloo—made even more appealing as voiced (and sung) by Bill Murray. (If high-fiving Murray was somewhere on your list of things to do before you die, watching this clip will move it straight to the top.)

But Murray isn’t the only recognizable voice in the jungle. Favreau has wrangled a quirky collection of big names whose faces we won’t be seeing on screen thanks to the film’s heavy use of photo-realistic (and pretty decent-looking) CG.

Scarlett Johanssen is typecast as the seductive python, Kaa, and Christopher Walken plays King Louie, an ape with an agenda.

Lupita Nyong’o is wolf den mother to the boy-cub, Mowgli, while Ben Kingsley voices his panther protector and mentor, Bagheera. Idris Elba voices Mowgli’s nemesis, Shere Khan, the formidable tiger with a vendetta against humankind (not that you can really blame him).

Disney conducted a worldwide search before settling on acting newcomer Neel Sethi to play Mowgli. The Jungle Book is his first feature film.


Check out the trailer below for a glimpse at Mowgli’s journey through the jungle and an introduction to the all-star cast.

The Jungle Book swings into theatres April 15.