It’s been in production for a little while now, but Andy Serkis‘ highly anticipated “Jungle Book’ movie has begun testing under the title Mowgli: Tales from the Jungle Book. The British filmmaker, whose directorial debut Breathe hits cinemas in the UK next week, has been out Stateside on the promotional trail where he spoke about his big-budget take on Rudyard Kipling’s iconic tome. More on the Andy Serkis Jungle Book movie below.

Andy Serkis Jungle Book

Andy Serkis Jungle Book movie gets a new title

Speaking to Variety, Serkis said:

“[That title is] not 100%, but it’s more than likely heading in that direction,” Serkis told the trade. “Because it’s much more about that character. It’s a Mowgli-centric story. It’s about identity. The film really examines, in a tone that’s much closer to Rudyard Kipling’s book, what it is to be other.”

Related: Breathe review [BFI London Film Festival 2017]

There’s still quite a while until we’ll get to see the film – it’s not due until October 2018 – but we still haven’t seen much promotional stuff online, though obviously there’s still time for that.

The cast of the film includes Serkis, Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hollander and Cate Blanchett. All will give motion-capture performances in the film, which is written by Callie Kloves, who makes her feature screenwriting debut.

Of course, Serkis has a number of screen appearances due on screens before then. In December, he reprises his role of Snoke in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and then in February, he’ll be back in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for Black Panther, playing Ulysses Klaue who was last seen in Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Serkis was very prominent in the recent trailer, which appeared online this past week.

As well as that, he’s got War For The Planet Of The Apes, which arrives on the home formats in the next couple of weeks.

We’ll bring you more news on the Andy Serkis Jungle Book as we get it.

Breathe is released in UK cinemas on 27th October.