Just after nabbing Benedict Cumberbatch to voice the tiger Shere Khan, Andy Serkis's adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling work has picked up two more A-list actors, the Hollywood Reporter reveals.
"Batman" star Christian Bale will lend his voice to Bagheera the panther, while Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett will be heard as Kaa the snake in this new movie on the adventures of Mowgli, who will be played by the young Rohan Chand.
Naomie Harris (Nisha the wolf), Eddie Marsan (Vihaan the wolf), Tom Hollander (Tabaqui the coyote) and Peter Mullan (wolf pack leader Akela) are also cast in this adaptation produced by Warner Bros.
"The Jungle Book: Origins" will be Andy Serkis's directing debut. The actor best known for his motion capture performances previously served as a second unit director on Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" trilogy, in which he also plays Gollum.
Scripted by Callie Kloves, Warner's live action adaptation of "The Jungle Book" is due in theaters on October 21, 2016, or around one year after Disney's movie inspired by the same work, which is slated to bow in fall 2015.
Directed by Jon Favreau ("Iron Man 1 and 2") and simply titled "The Jungle Book," Disney's version will combine live action and animation and has already begun assembling its own star-studded voice cast. Newcomer Neel Sethi, in the role of Mowgli, will be joined by Bill Murray (Baloo), Scarlett Johansson (Kaa), Lupita Nyong'o (Rakcha), Idris Elba (Shere Khan) and Christopher Walken (King Louie).