Benedict Cumberbatch vs. Idris Elba: Which adaptation of ‘The Jungle Book’ excites you more?

For those who haven’t read the book nor watched the 1967 Disney animated movie, let me start with a brief synopsis:

Saved from the jaws of the evil tiger Shere Khan, young Mowgli is adopted by a wolf pack and taught the law of the jungle by lovable old Baloo the bear and Bhageera the panther. The adventures of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi the snake-fighting mongoose, little Toomai and the elephant’s secret dance, and Kotick the white seal are all part of Mowgli’s extraordinary journey with his animal friends.

One of many book covers for ‘The Jungle Book’ by Rudyard Kipling

There will be TWO movie versions of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book’. That’s right, TWO movies by TWO different studios. Main cast and crew have been decided and here is a summary of both movies:

The Jungle Book Movie title  Jungle Book: Origins
Disney Studio  Warner Bros
Jon Favreau Director  Andy Serkis
Justin Marks Writer  Callie Kloves
15th of April 2016 Release date  6th of October 2017
Cast 
Neel Sethi Mowgli (human) Rohan Chand
Bill Murray Baloo (bear) Andy Serkis
Idris Elba Shere Khan (tiger)  Benedict Cumberbatch
Ben Kingsley Bagheera (panther)  Chrisian Bale
Scarlett Johansson Kaa (python)  Cate Blanchett
Giancarlo Esposito Akela (wolf)  Peter Mullan
Cumberbatch vs Elba: Who will be a better Shere Khan?

Cumberbatch vs Elba: Who will be a better Shere Khan?

In my opinion, the cast for both adaptations look solid so the quality of the films will depend on the director’s capabilities. I am massive Benedict Cumberbatch and Cate Blanchett fan hence I am in favour of ‘Jungle Book: Origins’. Despite that, I plan to watch both adaptations.

Which adaptation are you looking forward to? Vote below!

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3 thoughts on “Benedict Cumberbatch vs. Idris Elba: Which adaptation of ‘The Jungle Book’ excites you more?

  1. Always my favourite Disney cartoon. Always.

  2. Thanks Geraint for the comment. I haven’t watched the movie in a long time. I guess it’s time to read the book & watch Disney’s version 🙂

  3. I remember a live action version of this movie done about 20 years ago now. Not as good. I think I might opt for Benedict Cumberbatch over Idris Elba – but only just.

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