Freida Pinto to star in ‘The Jungle Book’ Adaptation Titled ‘Mowgli’
Freida Pinto, who rose to international fame with her role in the blockbuster hit “Slumdog Millionaire”, is set to return with another movie as she gears up for a role in Andy Serkis’s ‘Mowgli’. ‘The Jungle Book’ adaptation is right on the heels of the Disney live-action released in 2016 but the director claims it to be a much darker, grittier version of the Kipling classic.
The titular character will be played by New York based child actor, Rohan Chand who is known for his roles in “Homeland”, “Bad Words” and “The Hundred-Foot Journey”. Pinto will portray the role of Messua who acts as a mother-figure in Mowgli’s life. Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kate Blanchett, Matthew Rhys, Peter Mullan and Serkis himself, will star alongside Chand and Pinto.
Serkis, who is known for his portrayals in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “The Planet of the Apes” series, brings high expectations for his directorial debut.
Pinto shared her excitement on Instagram “I am beyond thrilled I remember, I wanted to be part of this film so bad, mainly because as an Indian girl growing up in Bombay, my childhood memories were all about Sundays with The Jungle Book series in Hindi and also because Rudyard Kipling wrote this children’s favourite book in India!! I had to represent! It was an absolute joy to team up again with the one and only, kindest and talented human, Andy Serkis who directed this version of the book that will finally be unveiled on October 19th 2018 (a day after my birthday..woohoo!).”
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