Scarlett Johansson & Lupita Nyong'o in Talks for Disney's 'Jungle Book'

April 23, 2014
Source: THR

Lupita Nyong'o / Scarlett Johansson

With Pacific Rim star Idris Elba already lined up to voice the antagonist tiger Shere Khan in Disney's gestating live-action and CG hybrid adaptation of The Jungle Book from director Jon Favreau, there's still plenty of roles to be filled. THR reports two top notch actresses have joined the mix with Scarlett Johnansson and recent Best Actress  Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o entering talks for two more animal roles. The story follows a young boy named Mowgli who lives and is raised in the jungle, and while that part has yet to be cast, Johansson will play another villainous animal in the form of Kaa, the hypnotizing python.

Meanwhile, Nyong'o will play Rakcha, a mother wolf who adopts Mowgli as her own. When Elba was cast, it was indicated that he would not only voice the animal character, but also act out his role as the tiger, so we're betting there's some motion-capture involved with this film. The project seems to be moving faster than the version set up at Warner Bros. with Andy Seriks of Lord of the Rings and King Kong motion-capture acting fame set to direct the competing adaptation, but it seems like both projects will end up making it to the big screen. That seems excessive but we'll see which one audiences prefer.

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Reader Feedback - 6 Comments


Poor Mowgli. Will they cast an Indian actor to play him?

DAVIDPD on Apr 23, 2014


That kid who played Aang in The Last Airbender would be a great Mowgli. My second bet would be Jaden Smith after seeing his terrific performance in After Earth. It's Disney afterall where the real magic happens.

Cocaino Weaver on Apr 23, 2014


Nonsense. Noah Ringer who played Aang has an American Indian heritage and Jaden Smith is black kid with a black father. Disney would want Mowgli to played by a white boy. After all, Disney did voice cast a white guy Bruce Reitherman for Mowgli in 1967 Jungle Book animated book. Isn't Zach Tyler Eisen who voiced Aang in Avatar: The Last Airbender series also a white boy?

Hasdi Bravo on Apr 24, 2014


For the record, they cast an Indian Boy as Mowgli. His Name is Neel Sethi.

Raiden on Feb 28, 2015


Terrific performance? Id have to disagree with you on that.

Rock n Rollllll on Apr 24, 2014


I hope Serkis' version wins, this source material was made for the king of mocap.

MattPeloquin on Apr 23, 2014

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