Warner Bros. Pictures has assembled an impressive roster of stars for â€œJungle Book: Origins,â€ its new big-screen, 3D adaptation of Rudyard Kiplingâ€™s classic The Jungle Book, marking the feature film directorial debut of Andy Serkis. The action adventure, which will blend motion capture and live action, will be released worldwide beginning October 21, 2016. The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
The actors performing the roles of the storyâ€™s central animal characters are: Benedict Cumberbatch (â€œThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaugâ€) as the fearsome tiger, Shere Khan; Oscar winner Cate Blanchett (â€œBlue Jasmineâ€) as the sinister snake, Kaa; Oscar winner Christian Bale (â€œThe Fighter,â€ the â€œDark Knightâ€ Trilogy) as the cunning panther, Bagheera; Andy Serkis (â€œDawn of the Planet of the Apesâ€) as the wise bear, Baloo; Peter Mullan (â€œHerculesâ€) as the leader of the wolf pack, Akela; Tom Hollander as the scavenging hyena, Tabaqui; Naomie Harris (â€œMandela: Long Walk to Freedomâ€) as Nisha, the female wolf, who adopts the baby Mowgli as one of her cubs; Eddie Marsan (â€œRay Donovanâ€) as Nishaâ€™s mate, Vihaan; and Jack Reynor (â€œTransformers: Age of Extinctionâ€) as Mowgliâ€™s Brother Wolf. On the human side, young actor Rohan Chand (â€œThe Hundred-Foot Journey,â€ â€œBad Wordsâ€) will play the boy raised by wolves, Mowgli.
The film is being produced by Steve Kloves, who wrote seven of the blockbuster â€œHarry Potterâ€ films. Jonathan Cavendish (â€œElizabeth: The Golden Age,â€ performance capture producer â€œGodzillaâ€) is also serving as a producer. The screenplay is by Klovesâ€™ daughter, Callie Kloves, based on the stories by Kipling.
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.