Late Tuesday night, news surfaced that Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) was cast as the voice of Shere Khan. No, this wasn’t for the Jon Favreau (Iron Man 2) film that is currently in production at Disney. Cumberbatch was cast in Andy Serkis’ Jungle Book: Origins. Serkis will direct the feature for Warner Brothers.
The cast has now ballooned into an incredible collection of actors that will give Disney’s update a run for its money. Jungle Book: Origins will also feature Christian Bale (as Begheera), Naomie Harris (as Nisha), Cate Blanchett (as Kaa), Tom Hollander (as Tabaqui), Peter Mullan (as Akela), Eddie Marsen (as Vihaan) and Serkis will play Baloo.
The film will arrive at theaters Oct. 21, 2016. Under Serkis’ direction, the movie will employ a mix of motion capture, CG animation and live-action. Disney’s version will arrive on October 9th, 2014. Check out the latest casting news HERE.
This, of course, has happened before in Hollywood. Volcano vs. Dante’s Peak, Armageddon vs. Deep Impact, and more recently Olympus Has Fallen vs. White House Down. Why they must compete against one another with similar stories and technology is beyond me. Jon Favreau’s version has the mouse behind it with a ton of muscle and nostalgia. Can Andy Serkis mount and suitable defense? He is the king of motion capture and thus far has the cast to pull it off. October 2016 will be a strange month as a ton of actors will running around dressed as animals.