Bill Murray to voice Baloo in Disney's The Jungle Book remake

The Lost In Translation actor joins Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o and Idris Elba in the Jon Favreau-directed reboot

By Nalisa Alia Amin | Published: 14 Jan 2015

Bill as Baloo
Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

[Updated 14 January 2015] Disney has switched release dates for The Jungle Book and Chris Pine-starring The Finest Hours. Now, Jungle Book is to open in the US on 15 April 2016, while The Finest Hours gets the former's 9 October 2015 release date.


Stop whatever you're doing and let your inner kid jump for joy!  The production of Disney's 1967 The Jungle Book remake is getting closer and closer.  Bill Murray has been announced as the voice of lovable, carefree, Baloo the bear. Just what as we'd imagine Bill to be if he was an animal.

Director Jon Favreau posted a photo of the original animated Mowgli and Baloo on his Instagram to celebrate the news.

The live-action and animation hybrid has already cast the rest of the characters which includes Christopher Walken as the voice the orangutan King Louie, Breaking Bad's Giancarlo Esposito as wolf pack leader Akela, Lupita Nyong’o as wolf mother Raksha, Sir Ben Kingsley as the black panther Bagheera, Scarlett Johansson as the snake Kaa and Idris Elba as the villainous tiger Shere Khan. Last but not least, Mowgli will be played by newcomer Neel Sethi and will be the only actor in the film, while the rest of the characters will be animated.

The film has a release date of October 9 2015, and we can't wait to watch the final product. Will we be able to see Bill's animated bear bum swinging and left and right while he sings Bare Necessities with Mowgli? How we're wishing upon a star.

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