At the Netflix event See What’s Next Asia in Singapore, director-actor Andy Serkis spilled the beans about his upcoming epic action-adventure film Mowgli.
Discussing the film and its narrative, Serkis said, “I wanted to make a very emotional version of this story since there are many versions of the film.
“It is really about the notion of being an outsider, of belonging. This is very much a Mowgli-centric story because it is this young boy’s personal journey and his emotional journey. Rohan Chand, who plays Mowgli, is absolutely extraordinary and the character goes on this phenomenal journey.”
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle stars Rohan Chand, Matthew Rhys and Freida Pinto, with voice and motion capture performances by a star-studded cast including the likes of Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Naomie Harris and Andy Serkis himself.
Sharing details on the art of performance capture, Serkis, who is considered a pioneer in the field, said, “Performance capture technology is very much about the connection between actors playing live-action characters and actors inhabiting the roles of beasts and creatures. It is about inhabiting a role and all you have to do is to believe yourself to be that character. You are not limited by the colour of your skin, your height, your size, your shape, your sex, literally this tool allows an actor to become anything. And philosophically, it is the most incredible tool.”
Towards the end of the press meet, Andy tipped his hat to India and said, “You can’t tell this story to the world without acknowledging that this character is from India, and Rudyard Kipling (the writer of Mowgli) was from India. He was a child of British India and had a particular set of values. And you have to reinterpret the values and underpin the story in that manner.”
Mowgli will stream on Netflix from December 7, 2018.