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Di­rected by Jon Favreau (from Iron Man), 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 Jo­hans­son), a python whose se­duc­tive voice and gaze hyp­no­tizes the man­cub, 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 Jun­gle Book is in cin­e­mas April 7

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