Academy Award-winning actor Ben Kingsley is cast as the voice of Bagheera in Disney’s forthcoming live action/animation hybrid feature, ‘The Jungle Book,’ due in theaters October 9, 2015.
Academy Award-winning actor Ben Kingsley has been cast as the voice of Bagheera in Disney’s upcoming The Jungle Book.
Directed by Jon Favreau from a script by Justin Marks, The Jungle Book will combine live action and animation. Disney previously released an animated version of the film in 1967 and another live-action film in 1994.
The original Rudyard Kipling book was published in 1894 and includes, among a number of other animal-themed stories, the classic tales of an Indian boy named Mowgli, who is raised by wolves and lives among the other animals in the jungle.
Idris Elba is voicing the tiger Shere Khan, Scarlett Johansson is the voice of the python Kaa, and Lupita Nyong'o will voice Rakcha, Mowgli's adopted wolf mother.
The Jungle Book arrives in theaters in 3D on October 9, 2015.
Source: Walt Disney Studios
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.