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EXCLUSIVE: Freida Pinto Reveals the Role She's Playing in 'Jungle Book: Origins'

by Desiree Murphy 2:27 PM PST, March 03, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Freida Pinto Reveals the Role She's Playing in 'Jungle Book: Origins'

We finally know which character Freida Pinto is portraying in Jungle Book: Origins.

ET chatted with the Indian actress at the Film Independent Spirit Awards last weekend, where she opened up about her upcoming role in Warner Brothers' motion capture live-action adventure adaptation of The Jungle Book, based on the novel by Rudyard Kipling.

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"I play Mowgli's adoptive mother, so I'm very, very excited about it," Pinto revealed.

"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 actress added. "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]."

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Director Andy Serkis, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett and Benedict Cumberbatch also star in the film as Baloo the bear, Bagheera the panther, Kaa the snake and Shere Khan the tiger, respectively. The lead role of Mowgli will be portrayed by Rohan Chand, who played Adam Sandler's adopted son in 2011's Jack and Jill.

"I just saw [director Andy Serkis] last night," Pinto told ET. "He's such an amazing man and I'm just so excited for him, but so excited for that project in general because it's one of the stories I grew up [with], you know?"

Serkis' adaptation of the classic tale is set to hit theaters October 2017, but it isn't the only version of Jungle Book that we'll get to see come to life soon. Disney is also releasing a live-action movie in April. The film, directed by John Favreau, features a star-studded cast that includes Scarlett Johansen, Bill Murray, Lupita Nyong'o and Idris Elba, as well as newcomer Neel Sethi.

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