After years of portraying iconic motion-capture-based characters, Andy Serkis has virtually become a master of his craft. After decades of playing famous characters in front of the camera, Serkis has begun to take his talents behind the scenes, as a director.
It started on the set of the Hobbit trilogy when Serkis was given the duties of second unit director for all three films. Then in 2017, Serkis made his directorial debut with the film Breathe, starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy.
This year, he will be mixing his talents as a director with his talents as an actor, specifically one with great skill in motion capture ventures. Serkis’ upcoming film entitled Mowgli will be a different take on the classic tale of The Jungle Book. He will not only be directing the film but also will be playing the bear, Baloo, in his famous motion capture suit.
Although all other film adaptations have been relatively child-friendly, it seems that Serkis is going to make his version a bit more mature.
According to Movieweb, it seems that Mowgli was rated PG-13, as opposed to the PG ratings of its Disney-made predecessors. Although this is uncharted territory, the film looks to be in good hands with Serkis and the outstanding cast that he has assembled to play all of the other animals.
The film will feature the talents of some of Serkis’ Hobbit cast-mates, Cate Blanchett and Benedict Cumberbatch. The film will also feature Matthew Rhys, Freida Pinto, Christian Bale, and Tom Hollander, playing both live-action and motion-capture characters. Rohan Chand will play Mowgli.
In an interview with The List, Serkis hinted a little at the nature of his character, Baloo, and why he thinks his portrayal will make the whole film different from the others before it.