Indian-origin actor Freida Pinto has revealed that she is playing Mowgli’s adoptive mother in Jungle Book: Origins. The live-action adventure fantasy film is being directed by Andy Serkis, who plays Baloo, along with Benedict Cumberbatch as Shere Khan, Christian Bale as Bagheera and Cate Blanchett as Kaa.
Pinto, who co-starred Serkis in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, said she is very excited to be a part of the film, which is based on the novel by Rudyard Kipling, reported Entertainment Tonight.
“I play Mowgli’s adoptive mother, so I’m very, very excited about it. I read The Jungle Book and watched the TV series in India growing up, and for me, to finally be part of the film that reminds me so much of my childhood is just amazing,” the 31-year-old actor said.
“It’s one of those films that I feel, no matter what age group you are, you’re going to enjoy that film, and I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve done something like that, because most of my films have not been good enough for children. A little too intense, so I’m very happy to finally be doing a film that can be watched by kids,” she said.
The lead role of Mowgli in Jungle Book: Origins will be portrayed by Rohan Chand, who played Adam Sandler’s adopted son in 2011’s Jack and Jill. The film is slated to release next year.