Warner Bros. has pushed back Andy Serkis’ Jungle Book: Origins one year from its original October 21, 2016 release date to October 6, 2017.
Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett and Christian Bale lead the ensemble voice cast of the upcoming live-action/CG hybrid, based on Rudyard Kipling’s classic ‘The Jungle Book’. The story follows the upbringing of Mowgli (Rohan Chand), a boy raised by wolves in the jungles of India.
Release Date: October 19, 2018 (2D, 3D, IMAX 3D)
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Genre: Action, Adventure, Adaptation
Director: Andy Serkis
Screenwriter: Callie Kloves
Cast: Rohan Chand, Andy Serkis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, Peter Mullan, Tom Hollander, Naomie Harris, Eddie Marsan, Jack Reynor
Running Time: Unknown
MPAA Rating: Not yet rated
Official Website: JungleBookOriginsMovie.com
The story follows the upbringing of the human child Mowgli (Rohan Chand), raised by a wolf pack lead by Akela (Peter Mullan) in the jungles of India. As he learns the often harsh rules of the jungle, under the tutelage of a bear named Baloo (Andy Serkis) and a panther named Bagheera (Christian Bale), Mowgli becomes accepted by the animals of the jungle as one of their own. All but one: the fearsome tiger Shere Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch). But there may be greater dangers lurking in the jungle, as Mowgli comes face to face with his human origins.
Other actors performing the roles of the story’s central animal characters are: Oscar winner Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”) as the sinister snake, Kaa; Tom Hollander as the scavenging hyena, Tabaqui; Naomie Harris (“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”) as Nisha, the female wolf, who adopts the baby Mowgli as one of her cubs; Eddie Marsan (“Ray Donovan”) as Nisha’s mate, Vihaan; and Jack Reynor (“Transformers: Age of Extinction”) as Mowgli’s Brother Wolf.