Why hasn’t Tom Hiddleston been cast in a Jungle Book remake?

Hiddleston has been auditioning for The Jungle Book all his life. So - hey, Hollywood! - with two remakes on the way, why hasn't the Bare Necessities-loving actor been cast yet?

Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book is a hot topic in Hollywood right now, with two adaptations on the way.


One is a Warner Bros motion-capture-meets-live-action-and-CG-animation remake, Jungle Book: Origins, with Andy Serkis in the director’s chair. The other, on its way from Disney, sees Iron Man’s director Jon Favreau in the hot seat. The film is expected to be live-action, but will incorporate his visual effects know-how. “I feel like my experience on the Iron Man films are going to be useful,” he tells ScreenRant.com.

But – and here’s the big but – while Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast in Serkis’s film alongside Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale and Naomie Harris, and Idris Elba, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong’o have been confirmed for Favreau’s… there’s no news of Tom Hiddleston.

Hasn’t the man been auditioning for The Jungle Book for a while now, guys? 

Listen to him sing The Bare Necessities at a charity dinner with so much passion. 

And he can’t stand it when people haven’t seen it. As Bustle points out, he told Bafta how much it means to him.

“The Jungle Book, Wolfgang Reitherman’s The Jungle Book for Walt Disney Studios, it’s perfect.

“I love that film. When people come into my life and they haven’t seen it, I have to sit down and watch it with them.

“One day I can’t wait to show my kids that film because that’s, like, one of the greats.” 

He has to be in it doesn’t, he?

Look, this isn’t even the first time he’s sung The Bare Necessities.


Mr Serkis, surely there’s space for a Tom Hiddleston. He could be King Louie? That role still seems to be wide open. A vulture maybe? Favreau, are there any wolves cast in yours yet? 

It would even get Cumberbatch and Hiddleston back together for the first time since 2011’s War Horse.

Come on…