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Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and more join Andy Serkis' Jungle Book

08.20.2014

Just yesterday the announcement came through that Benedict Cumberbatch would move from voicing a dragon to voicing a tiger in Andy Serkis' JUNGLE BOOK: ORIGINS. Now the casting floodgates have opened and pretty much the whole cast has been revealed. Most notably will be Christian Bale as Bagheera and Cate Blanchett as Kaa, the python. With that said, here's a rundown of who's playing who in BOTH Jungle Book films.

JUNGLE BOOK: ORIGINS
Directed by Andy Serkis

THE JUNGLE BOOK
Directed by Jon Favreau

I'm not sure which cast I prefer, but I'm looking forward to the darker edge that Serkis will most certainly be lending to his iteration (think the beginning of DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES). Either way, I love this head-to-head that often goes on with studios (seen more recently with OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN and WHITE HOUSE DOWN). It's not often we get two takes on a single concept and I've really learned to enjoy them. Disney's version will hit first in October of next year, while ORIGINS will follow a year later. I'll be curious to see how that fares with audiences.

JUNGLE BOOK: ORIGINS will bring the mo-cap on October 21, 2016.

Extra Tidbit: Which film are you looking forward to more?

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3:27AM on 08/21/2014
I only now realized that these are two separate movies. When I read that Cumberbatch was in one, I assumed he was joining Bill Murray, Christopher Walken and Ben Kingsley...

I didn't think we'd need even the one, but Bill Murray and Walken sounded like good casting, so I was willing to give it a shot. But this Serkis one? Has nothing going for it...
I only now realized that these are two separate movies. When I read that Cumberbatch was in one, I assumed he was joining Bill Murray, Christopher Walken and Ben Kingsley...

I didn't think we'd need even the one, but Bill Murray and Walken sounded like good casting, so I was willing to give it a shot. But this Serkis one? Has nothing going for it...
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11:03PM on 08/20/2014
Cate Blanchett vs. ScarJo is a battle that can only be truly settled via pillow fight.
Cate Blanchett vs. ScarJo is a battle that can only be truly settled via pillow fight.
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6:28PM on 08/20/2014
I'm looking forward to whichever film might result in a Tale Spin spin-off movie. Bill Murray as a plane-flying Baloo, I'd pay money to see that.
I'm looking forward to whichever film might result in a Tale Spin spin-off movie. Bill Murray as a plane-flying Baloo, I'd pay money to see that.
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5:30PM on 08/20/2014
These are both going to be great I think. Also when the HELL are those Terrance Mallick Bale films coming out??
These are both going to be great I think. Also when the HELL are those Terrance Mallick Bale films coming out??
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4:14PM on 08/20/2014

Serkis' is better by a mile

Though Walken as King Louie is genius
Though Walken as King Louie is genius
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3:55PM on 08/20/2014
Both have amazing casts it will be interesting.
Both have amazing casts it will be interesting.
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3:15PM on 08/20/2014
Origins
Origins
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2:57PM on 08/20/2014
They both ended up with female Kaa's. I assumed maybe the book had a female Kaa since the DIsney cartoon was definitely male. The Wikipedia page uses male pronouns. I find it odd that they both gender flipped the same character.
They both ended up with female Kaa's. I assumed maybe the book had a female Kaa since the DIsney cartoon was definitely male. The Wikipedia page uses male pronouns. I find it odd that they both gender flipped the same character.
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2:39PM on 08/20/2014
I bet these films will be decent but I'll never understand the pattern of two films with virtually the same plot come out a year. We had two Snow White films, two movies about the White House being attacked and now we will have two films about the Jungle Book. I just don't get it.
I bet these films will be decent but I'll never understand the pattern of two films with virtually the same plot come out a year. We had two Snow White films, two movies about the White House being attacked and now we will have two films about the Jungle Book. I just don't get it.
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2:39PM on 08/20/2014
I think it's pretty great and unexpected that we have two very promising Jungle Book films coming with loads of talent.
I think it's pretty great and unexpected that we have two very promising Jungle Book films coming with loads of talent.
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2:35PM on 08/20/2014
Wow, both versions have an awesome cast. Looking forward to some Bare Necessities in the next two years.
Wow, both versions have an awesome cast. Looking forward to some Bare Necessities in the next two years.
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2:34PM on 08/20/2014

Serkis' is better by a mile

Though Walken as King Louie is genius
Though Walken as King Louie is genius
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3:00PM on 08/20/2014
I'd definitely take Murray over Serkis and Elba over Cumberbatch in their particular roles. Kingsley might beat out Bale by an inch in their role too.
I'd definitely take Murray over Serkis and Elba over Cumberbatch in their particular roles. Kingsley might beat out Bale by an inch in their role too.
3:34PM on 08/20/2014
Yeah, have to agree that Favreau has the better overall talent for his film.
Yeah, have to agree that Favreau has the better overall talent for his film.
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