‘Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle’ is The Jungle Book Adaptation We Never Knew We Needed — Until Now

Andy Serkis’s gritty version of the childhood story is bringing audiences together this holiday season.

Bagheera and Rohan Chand as "Mowgli" in the Netflix film "Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle"

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle has to be one of the most highly-anticipated adaptations of iconic films this year. Straight from acclaimed actor and director Andy Serkis, the new feature film is a dramatic version of Rudyard Kipling’s classic we all know and love. 

“It’s really about being an outsider,” Serkis told Celeb Secrets at the Los Angeles premiere on Wednesday night (November 28). “A lot of people feel isolated and different outside the center of things.”

In Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, audiences will follow the gritty upbringing of Mowgli (Rohan Chand) in the jungles of India as he is raised by a pack of wolves. He learns the often harsh rules of the jungle under the supervision of a bear named Baloo (Andy Serkis) and a panther named Bagheera (Christian Bale), and later becomes accepted by the animals of the jungle with the exception of the fearsome tiger Shere Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch). Torn between two worlds, that of the jungle and that of humankind, Mowgli’s journey unfolds in a stellar array of self discovery with astounding visual appeal.

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 28: (L-R) Ted Sarandos, Andy Serkis, Scott Stuber, Rohan Chand and Christian Bale attend the Los Angeles Special Screening of “Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle” at ArcLight Hollywood on November 28, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Netflix)

According to Andy Serkis, “The fact that Netflix has taken us on is really important. This was always intended to be an international movie that appeals to all different cultures. We have a world premiere in Mumbai and that would have never happened if it weren’t for Netflix – 190 countries will see this film.”

A film that’s meant for the entire family, Mowgli: Legend of Jungle is perfect to watch around the fire this holiday season, as its message of self discovery can resonate with anyone aged 2 through 82.

The film will be released globally on Netflix on December 7 and will have an expanded theatrical release in additional theaters in the U.S. and U.K. beginning today, November 29.