What Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale, and other stars of Netflix's 'Mowgli' looked like before CGI

Netflix‘Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle’ is on Netflix.


Andy Serkis directed the movie and played Baloo the bear.

NetflixBaloo is a sloth bear.

Serkis is well-known for his performance capture work in roles such as Gollum for “The Lord of the Rings” movies and as Snoke in the newest “Star Wars” trilogy.

“It was absolutely essential that we would use performance capture to create the animals,” Serkis said in the video short.


His son Louis Ashbourne Serkis played Bhoot.

NetflixBhoot is an albino Indian wolf cub.

Louis is following in his dad’s footsteps.


Benedict Cumberbatch was Shere Khan

NetflixShere Khan is a Bengal tiger.

Cumberbatch did motion capture to play Smaug in “The Hobbit” series.


Christian Bale became Bagheera.

NetflixBagheera is a black panther.

Serkis said Bale has an “extraordinary ability to transform.”


Naomi Harris played Nisha.

NetflixNisha is an Indian wolf.

Harris’ character is Mowgli’s adopted mum.


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