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Benedict Cumberbatch Voicing Shere Khan Because Of Course

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The Jungle Book: Origins has cast the lead villain role and it comes as no surprise that it has gone to Benedict Cumberbatch. The man whose voice is literally just a villain on its own. He will be lending his voice to the tiger Shere Khan in the Andy Serkis directed project.

The big screen adaptation of the iconic Rudyard Kipling novel tells the story of Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves. He’s kidnapped by monkeys and rescued by his animal friends, including Baloo the Bear, Bagheera the panther and Kaa the python. 

It should be noted that this project from Serkis should not be confused with the similar film from Disney being directed by Jon Favreau. This one releases on October 9. 2015. In the project from Disney, Shere Khan is voiced by Idris Elba.

The Jungle Book: Origins will release in theaters on October 21, 2016. The script was written by Callie Kloves with her father, Steve Kloves producing.

Bill Murray Joins Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book

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One of the best people in existence, Bill Murray, has joined the cast of the upcoming reboot of The Jungle Book from Jon Favreau. Murray will be lending his voice to lovable character Baloo (the bear.)

Baloo is often portrayed as an easy-going, lazy, or sleepy brown bear who puts off responsibility in favor of fun and/or sleeping.

The upcoming film will be both live-action and animation. It is based on the novel by Rudyard Kipling and is the iconic story of the young boy Mowgli who was raised by animals in the jungle.

Other cast members of The Jungle Book include Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha, Christopher Walken as King Louie, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, and Neel Sethi as Mowgli.

Favreau will be directing with a script written by Justin Marks. It should be noted that this project should not be confused with a similar project from Warner Bros. Pictures titled The Jungle Book: Origins that will be directed by Andy Serkis. The Serkis project will release a year later than this film from Favreau.

The Jungle Book is scheduled to hit theaters in 2D and 3D on October 9, 2015.

Ron Howard To Direct The Jungle Book


It seems that Warner Bros. have finally hired a new director for the upcoming project, The Jungle Book. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ron Howard will direct the adaptation of the iconic novel from Rudyard Kipling.

In case you live under a rock, the original book was published in 1894 and includes, among a number of other animal-themed stories, the classic tales of an Indian boy named Mowgli who is raised by wolves and lives among the other animals in the jungle.

This project should not be confused with a competing film that is also in the works. Howard and his film will have to compete with Jon Favreau who is currently helming the Walt Disney Pictures planned for release on October 9, 2015.

Jon Favreau Adapting Disney’s The Jungle Book


Deadline has reported that Jon Favreau is in talks to begin adapting a remake of Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book. Originally adapted from the book of the same name written by Rudyard Kipling which was publish in 1894, the tale of an Indian boy named Mowgli who is raised by wolves and lives among the other animals in the jungle has been adapted several times already.

Most famously, Disney released an animated version of the story in 1967 and then a live-action film was produced in 1994. The book is now public domain and can be adapted by anyone. Warner Bros. is also developing their own live action adaptation with Steve Kloves writing the screenplay.

The stories in “The Jungle Book” were first published in magazines in 1893–94. Kipling was born in India and spent the first six years of his childhood there. After about ten years in England, he went back to India and worked there for about six-and-a-half years. These stories were written when Kipling lived in Vermont. There is evidence that it was written for his daughter Josephine, who died in 1899 aged six, after a rare first edition of the book with a poignant handwritten note by the author to his young daughter was discovered at the National Trust’s Wimpole Hall in Cambridgeshire in 2010.

Justin Marks is attached to write the script for the remake. There is no word on any other talent attached to the project or who the studio is looking at to star. No anticipated release date has been confirmed.