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Jack Reynor Cast in ‘Jungle Book: Origins’
22 Aug 2014 : Deirdre Molumby
Warner Bros. Pictures has assembled an impressive roster of stars for ‘Jungle Book: Origins’, its new big-screen, 3D adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic ‘The Jungle Book’, marking the feature film directorial debut of Andy Serkis. The action adventure, which will blend motion capture and live action, will be released worldwide beginning October 21, 2016. The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

The actors performing the roles of the story’s central animal characters include Jack Reynor, who made his name in ‘What Richard Did’ and also stars in blockbuster ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’. Benedict Cumberbatch (‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’) has been cast as the fearsome tiger, Shere Khan; Oscar winner Cate Blanchett (‘Blue Jasmine’) is the sinister snake, Kaa; Oscar winner Christian Bale (the ‘Dark Knight’ Trilogy) is the cunning panther, Bagheera; Andy Serkis (‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’) is the Baloo the bear; and Tom Hollander as the scavenging hyena, Tabaqui.

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 Baloo and 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.

Reynor, who also stars in Gerard Barrett’s ‘Glassland’, was cast in ‘Macbeth’ opposite Michael Fassbender and was recently cast in Jim Sheridan’s next feature, ‘Secret Scripture, will play the role of Mowgli’s Brother Wolf. He will work closely with Peter Mullan (‘Hercules’) who has been cast as the leader of the wolf pack, Akela; Naomi Harris (‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’) who is Nisha, the female wolf who adopts the baby Mowgli as one of her cubs; and Eddie Marsan (‘Ray Donovan’) who plays Nisha’s mate, Vihaan. Young actor Rohan Chand (‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’, ‘Bad Words’) will play the boy raised by wolves, Mowgli.

The film is being produced by Steve Kloves, who wrote seven of the blockbuster ‘Harry Potter’ films. Jonathan Cavendish (‘Elizabeth: The Golden Age’, performance capture producer ‘Godzilla’) is also serving as a producer. The screenplay is by Kloves’ daughter, Callie Kloves, based on the stories by Kipling.

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