Warner Bros’ Jungle Book movie has been given a new title.
The film, directed by motion capture king Andy Serkis, was originally titled Jungle Book: Origins, however it will now be called Mowgli.
The movie will focus on Mowgli – funnily enough – and his upbringing in the jungle, alongside the usual characters from the story. Serkis will use his experience in mo-cap to bring the characters to life, with an incredible cast.
The film’s official synopsis reads;
“Blending live action and performance capture, the story follows the upbringing of the human child Mowgli raised by a wolf pack in the jungles of India. As he learns the often-harsh rules of the jungle, under the tutelage of a bear named Baloo and a panther named Bagheera, Mowgli becomes accepted by the animals of the jungle as one of their own. All but one: the fearsome tiger Shere Khan. But there may be greater dangers lurking in the jungle, as Mowgli comes face to face with his human origins. The other story’s central animal characters are: Kaa, the snake; the leader of the wolf pack, Akela; the scavenging hyena, Tabaqui; Nisha, the female wolf, who adopts the baby Mowgli as one of her cubs; Nisha’s mate, Vihaan; and Mowgli’s Brother Wolf.”
Serkis stars as Baloo, alongside Christian Bale as Bagheera, Benedict Cumberbatch as Shere Khan, Cate Blanchetter as Kaa, Peter Mullan as Akela, Tom Hollander as Tabaqui, Naomie Harrie as Nisha, Eddie Marsan as Vihaan and Jack Reynor as Wolf. 13-year old Rohan Chand will play Mowgli.