British Armenian actor to direct “The Jungle Book”

Andy Serkis, a British actor of Armenian ethnicity actor best known for playing the CG-created character Gollum in the Lord of the Rings movies, has come on board to direct Warner Bros.’ live action take on The Jungle Book. It is unclear if he will take a part in the movie at this stage, the Hollywood Reporter informs.

Jungle Book would be Serkis’ feature directorial debut after directing second unit on Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit movies, the third of which Warners is due to open in December. Some of the shoots involved the creation of elaborate and lively action sequences.

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