WHO’S IN IT?

Rohan Chand (Bad Words), Matthew Rhys (The Post), Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), Christian Bale (American Hustle), Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Andy Serkis (War for the Planet of the Apes), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Peter Mullan (Tyrannosaur), Jack Reynor (Kin), Eddie Marsan (Filth), Tom Hollander (Bohemian Rhapsody)

WHO’S BEHIND THE CAMERA?

Andy Serkis (Breathe), director, producer; Callie Kloves (film debut), writer; Jonathan Cavendish (Bridget Jones’s Diary) and Steve Kloves (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald), producers; Nitin Sawhney (The Namesake), composer; Michael Seresin (War for the Planet of the Apes), cinematographer; Alex Marquez (Snowden), Jeremiah O’Driscoll (The Polar Express) and Mark Sanger (Gravity), editors

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

A young boy named Mowgli (Chand) is raised in the jungles of India by a pack of wolves, and learns the harsh rules of survival by his mentors, Baloo the bear (Serkis) and Bagheera the panther (Bale). However, when ferocious tiger Shere Khan (Cumberbatch) sets his eyes on the man-cub, Mowgli is sent on a journey that sees him coming face to face with his human origins…

IN ONE SENTENCE, WHY SHOULD YOU BE EXCITED?

For those who were unsatisfied by Disney’s recent live-action version of the classic Rudyard Kipling story of The Jungle Book, here is director and co-star Andy Serkis’s darker and slightly more faithful adaptation that will hopefully give those people a more adult alternative to the other one.

WHEN’S IT OUT?

FRIDAY 7TH DECEMBER 2018 (EXCLUSIVELY ON NETFLIX)