If you’ve been paying attention (and actually care), you may know that there are two new live-action Jungle Book movies in the making right now. One is being put together by Warner Bros. and the other by the almighty owner-of-everything, Disney. This news involves the Disney flick – The Jungle Book (the other one is minus the “the” in the title). The movie will be directed by Jon Favreau and has already cast the ever-in-demand Idris Elba and now it looks like two new big-name stars might be jumping on board – Scarlett Johansson and Academy Award-winner Lupita Nyong’o.
The Jungle Book is, of course, a story about talking animals, so the movie is being planned as part live-action and part CGI. Therefore, the two actresses in question would be doing some voice acting as opposed to actual live roles. If the rumors are true and they decide to sign on the dotted line, Johansson would be taking on the part of Kaa, the evil python, and Nyong’o would be voicing Raksha, the she-wolf that is mother to the main character, Mowgli.
Elba, naturally, gets the best role as Shere Khan, the nasty main baddie in the flick. Together, it could be quite the vocal cast. Anyone that’s seen Johansson’s voice work in Spike Jonze’s Her knows that the lady can really bring the chops, even when she’s off-screen. And if it’s one thing Disney knows how to do well, it’s collecting great talent for their projects, whether live-action or otherwise. The Jungle Book looks to be no exception to that rule.
Expect Disney’s The Jungle Book to hit the big screens come October 9th, 2015.