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Out of all the recent Disney classics getting live-action renditions, the one I am really looking forward to seeing is the studio’s upcoming reimagining of The Jungle Book. Jon Favreau’s, to be specific (Warner Bros. is also releasing one, directed by Andy Serkis).
So far, we know that Favreau is set to direct the film, and has already cast Idris Elba (Pacific Rim) as the villainous tiger Shere Khan, Scarlett Johansson (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) as the snake Kaa, and Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) as Mowgli’s adoptive mother wolf Raksha.
Now, it appears Academy Award-winning actor Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3) has been cast to voice the character of Bagheera the black panther; the father-like figure and protector of Mowgli.
Adding more and more great talents to the cast list can’t hurt Favreau’s attempt at the classic, with a few key roles still left to be cast. Among them are Mowgli himself, Baloo the bear, or King Louie the Orangutan.
What do you think of Kingsley as Bagheera? Are you looking forward to Favreau’s adaptation?
Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book is set to hit theaters on October 9th, 2015.
– Josh Sazin, 6/27/14