Following up on the recent cast announcement of Mowgli, today Disney announced Christopher Walken will become King Louie and Giancarlo Esposito will be the voice of Akela, leader of the wolf pack.
We’re also hearing that the stellar cast will include Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, andLupita Nyong’o as Rashka.
The original Disney posting that included the UPDATE info above has now been removed. The entire posting is gone actually which means that the additional information could either be inaccurate or not ready to be announced…
THE JUNGLE BOOK will be a combination of live-action and animation, directed by Jon Favreau from a script by Justin Marks. The film will be released in 3D in theaters on October 9, 2015.
Official announcement below…
Two more actors are on board as the voice cast for Disney’s The Jungle Book takes shape. 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.
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.