Feb 20, 2016 04:28 AM EST By Maria Cabrera

'Jungle Book Origins' Cast: Christian Bale, Matthew Rhys, Cate Blanchett & More

An upcoming British live-action adventure fantasy film directed by Andy Serkis based on the book The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling.

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  • 'Jungle Book: Origins' is an upcoming British live-action adventure fantasy film about an orphaned boy, Mowgli, who was raised in the Jungle by animals. It is being directed by Andy Serkis based on the book The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling.

    On 19 August 2014, Benedict Cumberbatch joined the film alongside Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander, Eddie Marsan, Peter Mullan and Rohan Chand.

    The film stars Rohan Chand as Mowgli, Benedict Cumberbatch as Shere Khan, Christian Bale as Bagheera, Cate Blanchett as Kaa, Serkis as Baloo, Naomie Harris as Nisha and Tom Hollander as Tabaqui. It also stars Matthew Rhys as John Lockwood, Freida Pinto would be playing an unspecified live-action role, Peter Mullan as Akela, Eddie Marsan as Vihaan, and Jack Reynor as Brother Wolf.

    Principal photography began on March 9, 2015. Warner Bros. will release the film in North America on October 6, 2017.
  • Christian Bale as Bagheera.

    Bagheera is a black panther (black Indian leopard) who is a fictional character in Rudyard Kipling's Mowgli stories in The Jungle Book.

    "Everybody knew Bagheera, and nobody dared to cross his path; for he was as cunning as Tabaqui, as bold as the wild buffalo, and as reckless as the wounded elephant. But he had a voice as soft as wild honey dripping from a tree, and a skin softer than down." — Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book
  • Cate Blanchett as Kaa.

    Rudyard Kipling decribes Kaa as an an exceptionally long, yellowish Indian rock python.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch as Shere Khan.

    Shere Khan is an arrogant tiger and regards himself as the rightful lord of the jungle. The only creature who looks up to him is Tabaqui, the cowardly, despised golden jackal.
  • Andy Serkis as Baloo.

    Baloo is the bear that saves Mowgli from Shere Khan the tiger, and endeavor to teach Mowgli the Law of the Jungle in many of the stories of the Jungle Book.
  • Matthew Rhys as John Lockwood. He is set to play the human character of John Lockwood as opposed to voicing an animal.
  • It was confirmed that Freida Pinto would be playing an unspecified live-action role.
  • Peter Mullan as Akela.

    Akela (also called The Lone Wolf or Big Wolf) is the leader of the Seeonee pack of Indian wolves and presides over the pack's council meetings. It is at such a meeting that the pack adopts the lost child Mowgli and Akela becomes one of Mowgli's mentors.
  • Rohan Chand as Mowgli.

    Mowgli is a feral child that went on to become the most prominent and memorable character in Kipling's novels The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book.
  • Naomie Harris as Nisha
  • Eddie Marsan as Vihaan
  • Jack Reynor as Brother Wolf
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