The Jungle Book Vs Jungle Book: Origins


By Ben Wright (@iamzavagno |

We already know that two different versions of The Jungle Book are coming out in the next 2 years.

While the story and tone will be different, it will still feature the same well known characters. So with that in mind, who is going to play the character better?

We are going to compare the actors in each of lead character roles of the two different Jungle Book films. Will Disney’s The Jungle Book or Warner Bros. Jungle Book: Origins come out on top?

Time to find out!


Baloo (Bill Murray V Andy Serkis)

There is no question that Andy Serkis is the king of the motion capture. He will undoubtedly bring his A-game as Baloo, and let’s not forget Jungle Book: Origins is his debut feature film.
But going up against Bill Murray is a tough task, the veteran comedian is a perfect fit for a such an iconic role.
The winner of this one goes hands down to Bill Murray. With the light hearted, ‘more Disney’ style of film he fits perfectly in to the character. You can see Murray having lots of fun and scope with his version of Baloo.

Winner: Bill Murray (Disney)


Bagheera (Sir Ben Kingsley V Christian Bale)

Christian Bale has an outstanding body of work behind him, he has continually reinvented himself and taken on challenging roles. He certainly is a fantastic choice for a more serious interpretation of Bagheea, but you face tough competition when pitted against Sir Ben Kingsley. While he can chose awful roles every now and then (Bloodrayne *shudders*), there is no questioning his phenomenal acting talent. Both will be great, but we are giving this one to Kinglsey.

Winner: Sir Ben Kingsley (Disney)

Shere Khan

Shere Khan  (Idris Elba V Benedict Cumberbatch)

Now this a tough one, Luther v Sherlock…this one took some wrestling with.
The big bad of both films, played by two amazing actors, both of whom will bring their own unique interpretations to the table.
There is no question that Idris Elba can play a fantastic villain, his presence in The Jungle Book is going to be a joy to behold. But then again so will Benedict Cumberbatch, he stole the show as Smaug in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
Cumberbatch has this one, but it was a very close call.

Winner: Benedict Cumberbatch (Warner Bros.)


Kaa  (Scarlett Johansson V Cate Blanchett)

Interestingly, both films have chosen to go with a female version of the hypnotic snake.
Both have plenty of acting muscle, and both will have the ability to shine in this very unique role.
But it is the darker edge that is more intriguing, Johansson’s Kaa will be more child friendly, and the potential interaction between Cumberbatch and Blanchett is too appetising to ignore.
Johansson has a very distinctive voice, but Blanchett has the vocal edge to be more diverse on this occasion.

Winner: Cate Blanchett (Warner Bros.)


Raksha/Nisha (Lupita Nyong’o V Naomie Harris)

Different character names but the same character role, she will play Mowgli’s wolf mother.
While Naomie Harris is a veteran in comparison to Lupita Nyong’o, Lupita has already left a big impression on Hollywood. Her motion capture work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens as Maz Kanata will also be a bonus.
Lupita’s star is on the rise, and as good as Harris is, there is only one choice here.

Winner: Lupita Nyong’o (Disney)


Akela (Giancarlo Esposito V Peter Mullan)

The leader of the pack and mate to Nisha/Raksha. Both directors have chosen actors with a wealth of experience. You just have to look at both of their IMBD pages to see that.
While Esposito is a more recognisable name to an American audience, Mullan has the edge in terms of this particular role.
Akela and Mowgli’s strained relationship is an interesting one, and Mullan is more fitting of the character given that he is used to more ‘tortured’ roles.

Winner: Peter Mullan (Warner Bros.)

So now that we’ve looked at both of the films cast, which one has come out on top?

Final Score:

Jungle Book: Origins 3

The Jungle Book 3

So it’s a draw!

Both films are ultimately going to tell you the story of The Jungle Book in very different ways, both have stunning casts and should both be successful.

Disney have a slight advantage when it comes to the box office as they are up first. But the draw potential of the Origins cast should help fill the seats in the cinema a year later.

Don’t forget to check out our previous article on the two Jungle Book movies.

Tell us who you think will play the better in the comments below.


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