Bale, Blanchett Help Fill Out WB’s ‘Jungle’ Cast

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Warner Bros.’ Andy Serkis-directed Jungle Book: Origins — an update of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book — has added actors Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Naomie Harris to the cast of actors providing voices for the tale’s CG animals.

The live-action version of the tale — famously adapted by Disney into an animated feature released in 1967 — also has added the voices of Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander, Eddie Marsan and Peter Mullan, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Benedict Cumberbatch had previously been announced as the voice of the killer tiger Shere Khan, while Rohan Chand will play the live-action role of the human boy Mowgli.

Serkis, known for his mo-cap performances as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings and Caesar in the current Planet of the Apes franchise, will also play a role, stepping into the frame of the bear Baloo.

The movie features a script by Callie Kloves. Her father, Harry Potter series scripter Steve Kloves, is producing with Jonathan Cavendish.

Warner Bros.’ feature is due out in October 2016.

A similar feature is in the works at Disney, directed by Jon Favreau and due out one year earlier.

Christian Bale / Cate Blanchett

Christian Bale / Cate Blanchett

  • Catrina

    Bill Murray is playing Baloo though?