It was announced this week that Benedict is joining Warner Bros. adaptation of The Jungle Book, which Andy Serkis is directing. A big cast is joining him, including Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale, Naomie Harris, Tom Hollander, Eddie Marsan and Peter Mullan.
Jungle Book centers on Mowgli, an orphaned boy raised by wolves who befriends members of the animal kingdom who help him grow up. Serkis will play Baloo the bear, and Bale will voice Bagheera, a fearsome panther, both of whom save Mowgli from the killer tiger Shere Khan (Cumberbatch) and teach him the law of the jungle.\
Blanchett will voice Kaa, a sinister python who is also a friend to Mowgli, while Hollander will play Tabaqui, the jackal who is an underling of Shere Khan.
Mullan will be Akela, the leader of the wolf pack that raises Mowgli. Harris is the female wolf Nisha, while Marsan is her mate, Vihaan.
The film is already set for a October 21, 2016 release.