Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris join cast of Andy Serkis' Jungle Book: Origins
Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Naomie Harris have joined the cast for the new adaptation of The Jungle Book, which is to be directed by Andy Serkis.
The film, which is titled Jungle Book: Origins, is being directed by Serkis, best known for his role as Gollum in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, with Callie Kloves writing the script and her father Steve Kloves producing.
Bale will voice the role of Bagheera the panther, with Blanchett as Kaa the Python, Peter Mullan will voice the part of Akela, leader of the wolfpack, with Naomie Harris and Eddie Marsan voicing other wolves in the pack. Tom Hollander also joins the cast, voicing the role of Tabaqui the jackal. Serkis himself is also set to have a role, though it's not confirmed which one as yet, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
This is the second adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic novel The Jungle Book to be announced. Already in production is a new Disney adaptation, with Jon Favreau directing and Idris Elba voicing Shere Khan. Also confirmed to lend their voices are Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson and Christopher Walken.
Jungle Book: Origins is set to be released into cinemas on October 21th, 2016, a year after Disney's version, which is released on October 9th, 2015.