By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
One of Disney’s most classic movies is their 1967 American animated film, The Jungle Book, based on Rudyard Kipling’s book of the same name from 1894. The plot follows Mowgli, a human boy raised by wolves in the jungle of India, who joins with his panther friend Bagheera and Baloo the bear to survive the evil tiger Shere Khan. Now, Iron Man director Jon Favreau will be directing a live-action/animated remake of the film, with a mega star-studded cast that just keeps growing and growing!
Bill Murray (Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day) has just been announced as the voice of the lovable Baloo. He’ll be teaming up with Christopher Walken (Batman Returns, Jersey Boys) as King Louie the ape, Ben Kingsley (Hugo, Iron Man 3) as Bagheera, Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) as Raksha the wolf, and Scarlett Johansson (The Avengers) as Kaa the python.
Favreau’s remake of The Jungle Book is due to be released on October 9, 2015. If that’s not enough monkeying around for you, another remake is being made by Warner Bros., Jungle Book: Origins, to be released one year after Disney’s reboot. It will be directed by Andy Serkis, the motion-capture actor famous for his work as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings movies and most recently as Caesar in the Planet of the Apes films.
Featured image courtesy of Disney. Image of Bill Murray courtesy of Christopher William Adach on Wikipedia.