I don’t know about you…but I’m really looking forward to the remake of one of my favorites! The Jungle Book, based on Rudyard Kipling’s book was the last to be produced by Walt Disney, who died during production. It was released on October 18, 1967. I remember seeing this film for the first time and can still sing many of the tunes!
The cast continues to grow with the announcement that Academy Award winner Christopher Walken will take on the role of King Louie, the ruler of a troop of monkeys and apes, while Giancarlo Esposito (Critics Choice Award winner and Emmy nominee for Breaking Bad) will voice Akela, the leader of the wolf pack. And now – actor Bill Murray has joined the cast of Disney’s The Jungle Book as the voice of Baloo.
Murray, Walken and Esposito join Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha, Golden Globe winner Idris Elba as Shere Khan, and Scarlett Johansson as Kaa. The Jungle Book also marks the debut of newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli, who will be the only actor to physically appear on screen.
The Jungle Book is a combination of live-action and animation, directed by Jon Favreau from a script by Justin Marks. The film will be released in 3D and arrives in theaters on October 9, 2015.