WATCH: ‘Mowgli’ trailer shows darker adaptation of ‘The Jungle Book’

Warner Bros. Pictures has just released the official first trailer for the action-adventure Mowgli starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch and Freida Pinto.

Check out the trailer below and watch “Mowgli” in Philippine cinemas October 18, 2018.

Motion capture and live action are blended for “Mowgli,” a new, big-screen, 3D adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic The Jungle Book. The film features an impressive roster of stars under the direction of Andy Serkis.

The story follows the upbringing of the human child Mowgli, raised by a wolf pack in the jungles of India. As he learns the often harsh rules of the jungle, under the tutelage of a bear named Baloo and a panther named Bagheera, Mowgli becomes accepted by the animals of the jungle as one of their own. All but one: the fearsome tiger Shere Khan. But there may be greater dangers lurking in the jungle, as Mowgli comes face to face with his human origins.

The actors performing the roles of the story’s central animal characters are: Oscar winner Christian Bale (“The Fighter,” the “Dark Knight” Trilogy) as the cunning panther, Bagheera; Oscar winner Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine,” “The Aviator”) as the sinister snake, Kaa; Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game,” “Dr. Strange”) as the fearsome tiger, Shere Khan; Oscar nominee Naomie Harris (“Moonlight,” “Skyfall”) as Nisha, the female wolf, who adopts the baby Mowgli as one of her cubs; Andy Serkis (the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy) as the wise bear, Baloo; Peter Mullan (“Tommy’s Honour”) as the leader of the wolf pack, Akela; Jack Reynor (“Transformers: Age of Extinction”) as Mowgli’s Brother Wolf; Eddie Marsan (TV’s “Ray Donovan”) as Nisha’s mate, Vihaan; and Tom Hollander (“Muppets Most Wanted”) as the scavenging hyena, Tabaqui.

On the human side, Matthew Rhys (TV’s “The Americans”) is Lockwood; Freida Pinto (“Knight of Cups”) is Messua; and young actor Rohan Chand (“The Hundred-Foot Journey,” “Bad Words”) will play Mowgli, the boy raised by wolves.

“Mowgli” is produced by Steve Kloves, who wrote seven of the blockbuster “Harry Potter” films; Jonathan Cavendish (“Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” performance capture producer on “Godzilla”); and David Barron (the “Harry Potter” films), with Nikki Penny serving as executive producer. The screenplay is by Kloves’ daughter, Callie Kloves, based on the stories of Rudyard Kipling.

About Mowgli

The Warner Bros. Pictures presentation is slated for release on October 18, in 2D and 3D in select theaters.

Mowgli is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

‘Goin’ Bulilit’ alumni headline T-Rex Entertainment’s horror-thriller ‘Class of 2018’

T-Rex Entertainment has greenlit its biggest project of 2018 yet, the teen horror-thriller film Class of 2018, as announced during its story conference at Limbaga 77 Cafe Restaurant in Quezon City.

The newest project to be executive produced by T-Rex Entertainment’s Rex A. Tiri, who was behind the hit comedy films Patay Na si Hesus and Deadma Walking, will be led by some alumni of the early seasons of the gag show Goin’ Bulilit. This is the first movie together of Nash Aguas and Sharlene San Pedro, and also the first time that they are in a movie with then-co-stars CJ Navato and Kristel Fulgar.

Class of 2018 is co-written by Jericho Aguado, and co-written and directed by Bebs Sabellano Gohetia (‘I Love You. Thank You.’). Also featured in the movie are T-Rex Artists (the artist management leg of T-Rex):

  • Shiara Dizon (Eat Bulaga’s Miss Millennial Malabon)
  • Lara Fortuna
  • Aga Arceo
  • Justin De Guzman
  • Carl Joseph
  • Deo Francisco

Here is the synopsis of Class of 2018:

When a classmate contracts a mysterious virus during an excursion, students of Section Zamora are quarantined by the military in an abandoned facility. Grade 12 students ADA (Sharlene San Pedro), RJ (Nash Aguas), PRINCESS (Kristel Fulgar), and MIGS (CJ Navato) fight for their survival as they deal with the dangers of the virus and politics among untrustworthy classmates.

Cast of Class 2018

Here is the full list of confirmed teen cast as of writing:

  • Sharlene San Pedro (Ada)
  • Nash Aguas (RJ)
  • CJ Navato (Migs)
  • Kristel Fulgar (Princess)
  • Kiray Celis (Venus)
  • Michelle Vito (Tammy)
  • Ethan Salvador (Trent)
  • John Vic de Guzman (Jamir)
  • Mark Oblea (Ishmael)
  • Carl Joseph (Donald)
  • Lara Fortuna (Jonalyn)
  • Justin de Guzman (Louie)
  • Aga Arceo (Ericson)
  • Shiara Dizon (Misha)
  • Deo Francisco (Ergoe)
  • Noubikko Ray (Van)
  • Eisen Lim (B1)
  • Kaiser Boado (B2)
  • Jude Servilla (Wacky)
  • Limer Veloso (Randell)
  • Yvette Sanchez (Tracy)
  • Micah Jackson (Grace)
  • Jerom Canlas (Nor)

They are joined by respected artists including:

  • Adrian Alandy (Sir Patrick)
  • Yayo Aguila (Selina)
  • Lotlot de Leon (Carolyn)
  • Dido dela Paz (General)
  • Sherry Lara (Hera)

Class of 2018 will begin their shoot early June. It is expected to be released this year.