Monday 18 February 2019

Jack Reynor bags role in Jungle Book with Cate Blanchett and Christian Bale

Jack Reynor, who was plucked from relative obscurity to star in the multi-billion dollar franchise.
Jack Reynor, who was plucked from relative obscurity to star in the multi-billion dollar franchise.
Madeline Mulqueen and actor Jack Reynor
Cate Blanchett
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Irish actor Jack Reynor has landed a role in upcoming film 'Jungle Book: The Origins' alongside Oscar winning actress Cate Blanchett and Christian Bale.

Reynor will take on the part of Brother Wolf in the feature film based on Rudyard Kipling's 1894 fable.

The film will centre on the chapter 'Mowgli and his Brothers' which tells the tale of the orphan Mowgli who is raised by jungle animals.

Andy Serkis, known for portraying Gollum in the 'Lord of the Rings' franchise, will direct the feature film as well as voicing the part of sleepy, loveable bear Baloo.

'Sherlock' star Benedict Cumberbatch will take on the character of Shere Khan, the villainous tiger famously voiced by George Sanders in the 1967 Disney cartoon.

Blanchett will play hypnotic snake Kaa while Bale will voice panther Begheera.

Warner Brothers are producing the film which will hit cinema screens in 2016. The project is one of two 'Jungle Book' films currently in production.

Disney is about to commence production on their own adaptation, which is due for release 12 months prior to the Warner Brothers adaptation.

Directed by Jon Favreau of 'Iron Man' fame, Disney have cast a plethora of A-list stars in their film.

DJ and actor Idris Elba has been cast as Shere Khan, Bill Murray will play Baloo, Christopher Walken will take on the role of 'King of the Swingers' Louie the ape, while Ben Kingsley will lend his louche tones to the part of Bagheera.

Screen siren Scarlett Johansson will play python Kaa, 
while '12 Years a Slave' actress Lupita Nyong'o will voice wolf Raksha.

'Jungle Book: The Origin' is the second big budget Hollywood film Reynor has worked on in recent months.

He featured in Michael Bay's action packed film 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' - which was a hit as it grossed in excess of $1bn worldwide.

Irish Independent

Editors Choice

Also in Entertainment

Back to top