Andy Serkis Gathers an All-Star Cast for his Directorial Debut, Jungle Book: Origins

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Hot on the heels of the news that Benedict Cumberbatch will provide the voice of Shere Kahn, Warner Bros. adaptation of The Jungle Book, Jungle Book: Origins, is set to be a veritable ‘who’s who’.

It was announced this week that Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander, Eddie Marsan, Peter Mullan, and Andy Serkis will all join Cumberbatch as some of the animal characters in the feature film.

Bale will voice Bagheera, the panther; Blanchett, Kaa, the python; and Serkis is set to take on everyone’s favourite bear, Baloo. Mullan, Harris, and Marsan will all voice members of the wolf pack that raises Mowgli. Meanwhile, Hollander will play Tabaqui, the underling jackal of Shere Khan.

Starring as human orphaned Mowgli will be star of Bad Words, Rohan Chand.

Serkis will be doing double duty as he is also directing the film in his directorial debut. However, the film is in good hands as Serkis is by no means a stranger to the role having already directed the second unit on Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy.

This version of The Jungle Book is not to be confused with the one from Disney that is also being filmed. Serkis’ film is set to mix together motion capture, CG animation, and live action.

As previously reported, Jungle Book: Origins will be sticking closely to Rudyard Kipling novel, which is darker than most people know. This won’t be the 1967 musical cartoon that so many of us know and love as a classic. But you know what, if you’re going to re-do something; re-do it, don’t carbon copy. It certainly seems that for those of us who have read Kipling’s talewe should be in for a real treat. The book has been adapted for screen this time by Callie Kloves.

Disney has scheduled their The Jungle Book release for October 16 2015. Jungle Book: Origins will be in cinemas a year later October 21, 2016.

 

 

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