Christopher Walken to Play an Orangutan in Disney's 'Jungle Book'
by Ethan Anderton
July 28, 2014
It's the role that everyone has been dying to see Christoper Walken take, they just didn't know it. Walt Disney Pictures has just announced the star of a wide variety of films such as Catch Me If You Can, Hairspray, Wedding Crashers, Man on Fire and Mousehunt will take an animal role in their new live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic The Jungle Book from director Jon Favreau. The studio has announced that Walken will play King Louie, the ruler of a troop of monkeys and apes. In addition, "Breaking Bad" star Giancarlo Esposito will play Akela, the leader of the wolf pack. That's a great cast!
The two new actors join an animal cast that includes Idris Elba as the tiger Shere Khan, Scarlett Johansson as the python Kaa and Lupita Nyong'o as Rakcha, the mother wolf who adopts the orphaned Mowgli in the jungle and Ben Kingsley as Bagheera the black panther. Just a couple ago we learned that Disney had chosen a fresh young face to take the role of Mowgli in the form of Neel Sethi, who will be the only live-action actor to appear on-screen in the film. We weren't all that sure a new take on The Jungle Book was necessary, but this cast is just fantastic, and we're very interested to see how this turns out. Thoughts?