The battle of The Jungle Books is getting fierce! Just yesterday, Warner Bros' Jungle Book adaptation made their first cast announcement, revealing Benedict Cumberbatch would be their Shere Khan. Quick to join him are Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander, Eddie Marsan, Peter Mullan and Rohan Chand.
THR revealed this avalanche of casting news over Warner Bros' Jungle Book: Origins. The directorial debut of motion-capture actor extraordinaire Andy Serkis will blend motion capture, CG animation and live action, and boasts a script by Callie Kloves, daughter of Harry Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves.
As Disney has a live-action, Jon Favreau-helmed Jungle Book in the works to rival Warner Bros' Jungle Book: Origins, we've created a helpful image guide to keep straight the who's who of it all.
As Baloo the bear, Bill Murray will face off against Andy Serkis, who is pulling double duty as performer and director.
First cast in each production was Idris Elba and Benedict Cumberbatch as the man-eating tiger Shere Khan.
Playing the protagonist Mowgli will be a pair of relative unknowns. After a worldwide search, Disney chose newcomer Neel Sethi. Warner Bros selected a slightly more established child actor, picking Rohan Chand, who has recently appeared in the raunchy comedy Bad Words and the feel-good drama The Hundred-Foot Journey.