First it was announced that Benedict Cumberbatch would be playing the role of Shere Khan in Warner Brothers’ adaptation of The Jungle Book, titled Jungle Book: Origins, being directed by Lord of the Rings star Andy Serkis.
But instead of waiting a bit to announce the next single actor joining the movie, it was decided to go ahead and announce the rest of the cast all at once. Joining Cumberbatch is Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander, Eddie Marsan, Rohan Chand, and Peter Mullan.
Now that Disney and director Jon Favreau’s upcoming live-action/CG hybrid take on The Jungle Book has put together a pretty impressive cast, Warner Brothers and directorAndy Serkis have started to cast their competing take on the Rudyard Kipling tale, which is titled Jungle Book: Origins.
Much like Disney’s first announcement was that Idris Elba would be playing the tiger villain Shere Khan, WB’s first official casting announcement is that Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing Khan in their version.
Yes, you read that headline correctly. Andy Serkis, the actor best known for his performance capture work in movies like The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies as Gollum, King Kong as Kong (and also in the non-performance capture role of Lumpy), Rise of the Planet of the Apes as Caesar, and The Adventures of Tintin as Captain Haddock, has been hired to direct a live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book for Warner Brothers.
If the project sounds familiar, it’s because Walt Disney is also doing their own competing live-action take on the story they turned into the 1967 animated classic. That version will be directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Elf) and star Idris Elba as the villainous tiger Shere Khan.