Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is the first time India will be the destination of a major Hollywood motion picture premiere with its lead cast in attendance. Actor-director Andy Serkis will be coming to India for the world premiere of his Netflix film along with the stars of the movie Christian Bale, Frieda Pinto and newcomer Rohan Chand.

Andy is the star behind the voice of fun-loving bear, Baloo, and Christian lends his voice to the sombre panther, Bagheera – the man-cub’s friend. The voice cast also includes Cate Blanchett as Kaa, Benedict Cumberbatch as Sher Khan, Naomie Harris as Nisha, Peter Mullan as Akela, Jack Reynor as Mowgli’s brother Wolf, Eddie Marsan as Vihaan, Tom Hollander as Tabaqui and Matthew Rhys as Lockwood.

Andy Serkis and Christian Bale. Photo Courtesy: Getty Images

Andy Serkis and Christian Bale. Photo Courtesy: Getty Images

The trailer of Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle was launched at Netflix’s See What’s Next: Asia event held last week in Singapore. An excited Andy posted it on his Instagram page and captioned it, “This is it…it’s here… AT LAST!!! In cinemas in 3D & 2D on Nov 29, and streaming on Netflix on December 7th, MOWGLI: Legend of the Jungle.”

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Andy has maintained that the film is closest to the Indian roots of Rudyard Kipling’s classic, and when he was quizzed about India release plans, the director was secretive.

“Well, I can’t tell you what’s happening. The film will be seen in India. I’m not sure if I can release the timings. But there will be very significant moment where this film begins its life in India,” Serkis told PTI in Singapore.

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle is produced by Jonathan Cavendish, Steve Kloves and David Barron. The film will be available to Netflix members worldwide starting December 7, 2018.