Cate Blanchett will voice Raa in Jungle Book:Origins

Cate Blanchett, and Christian Bale Join Benedict Cumberbatch in Jungle Book: Origins

by Steven Panzarella (@ProCreateSteve)

It got a tad bit confusing a few months back when Andy Serkis and Jon Favreau both announced they would be directing Jungle Book adaptations. Well Serkis' version will be called Jungle Book: Origins and has just finished bringing in an all star cast. Ronan Chand(Bad Words) will play Mowgli while Serkis will voice Baloo the Bear. Christian Bale will play Bagheera, a panther who comes to Mowgli's aid against the villain Shere Khan who will be voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch. Cate Blanchett joined the cast as Kaa, the python, Tom Hollander will voice A jackal that is one of Khans underlings. Eddie Marsan, Naomi Harris, and Peter Mullan round out the cast that will voice the animals.

Serkis who worked as 2nd unit director on The Hobbit franchise is using a script from Callie Kloves, which is a take on Rudyard Kipling's darker story of a young boy Mowgli (Ronan Chand) who is raised by wolves and befriends a number of animals who help him grow up. The film will use motion capture, CGI and live animation to bring the Jungle Book to life.

As for Favreau's film, which is being produced by Disney it will be more in line with a remake of the animated film. Set to hit theaters in the fall 2015,  The Jungle Book will star Idris Elba, Scarlett Johnansson, Lupita Nyong'o, Bill Murray, Christopher Walken, and Ben Kingsley. 


Posted by Odila on
Children who grow up with books round them in the home - who see adults reidnag books and getting pleasure from it, who are read aloud to, taken to libraries etc are far more likely to become keen readers themselves and to do better academically. One can never be too young to be introduced to the joys of reidnag. Whether your delightful little girl grows up to be a writer is another matter - what is important is that she learns to love books. and nowadays there are wonderful books for children of her age. I loved reidnag to and with my (now adult) children and can't wait to go through it all again with my soon-to-be born grandchild! Three books your girl might enjoy are: 'The Elephant & the Bad Baby', 'The Tiger who came to Tea' and 'Avocado Baby' - and I suspect you would enjoy them too!
Posted by Toty on
Congratulations on both accomplishments: the new book and the avid redear you're raising.Being surrounded by books, and being read to and going to the library will instill in her a love of books that will continue ... undoubtedly.I still remember going to the library regularly with my parents and taking out armfuls of books every week, staying up into the wee hours (and being late for school) because I was reading ... this is still true.Books are always there, even to distract from life's stresses and to take "virtual" vacations, as well as to entertain and provide joy. It sounds like your daughter has figured out much of this already.She'll keep it up, no doubt.
Posted by Lolo on
Two launches on one day--congratulations! My son was exitecd to get his library card at about that same age. He is an aspiring TV writer, but thinks of himself first as a storyteller. Our public library had wonderful storytelling events for the kids, and always made them feel welcome. As for Lily's storytelling dad, congratulations on the launch. I just ordered the book from the Book Depository. It will be available from Amazon US on Nov. 28, but preorder is open, and Kindle purchase is available now. I decided to order the physical copy, and I can wait the two weeks because I have about a dozen books ahead of it in the TBR pile. Looking forward to it. Thanks! [url=]nlbocfzwj[/url] [link=]imovhqf[/link]
Posted by Kati on
Many moons ago, I took a class in Kiddie Lit-for teachers who work with lttile ones. We had a wonderful time. My kids went to the library because I did, and my grandchildren had books before they were born. Books are just part of the fabric of life in my life, and if Lily is like most children raised with books, the world will always be brighter and more interesting because she has you reading with her in her life. [url=]wnbktklhbl[/url] [link=]xwliphp[/link]
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