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Lupita Nyong'o and Scarlett Johansson May Join Disney's Jungle Book

Lupita and ScaJo are in talks to join Idris Elba in Jon Favreau's adaptation of Rudyard Kipling classic

By Andrea Tim | Published: 28 Apr 2014

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Of all the bare necessities of film casting, the rumoured casting of Academy Award-winner Lupita Nyong'o and Marvel film veteran Scarlett Johansson in Disney's new adaptation of The Jungle Book Of is one we pray will come true.

Lots of excitement followed Idris Elba getting the role of killer tiger Shere Khan, and we expect even more will come once we know for sure that Lupita will play Rakcha, Mowgli's adoptive mother wolf, and that Scarlett will hiss her husky voice as Kaa, the hypnotic python.

Disney's production plans gear towards making The Jungle Book a live-action/CG hybrid movie, so if anything, the film will be darker and more dangerous than its 1967 animated cousin. Mowgli hasn't been cast yet, and there's no word if Disney will resurrect its 1967 supporting characters, the black panther Bagheera or sloth bear Baloo.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros. has Andy Serkis on board to direct its version of Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale. Let the jungle wars begin.


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