Ben Kingsley is all set to voice Bagheera, the Indian Black Panther, in the new version of “The Jungle Book.” He has decided to give his voice an authoritative touch for the picture. Read on to know more details.
The Collider reports that Oscar-winner Ben Kingsley, who is known to be quite a charming shape-shifter on the screen, will now have to act with his voice. Kingsley is going to voice Bagheera in the new live-action version of “The Jungle Book.” The classic tale is going to feature the voice talents of Scarlett Johansson, Idris Alba, Bill Murray, Christopher Walken, Lupita Nyongo and Giancarlo Esposito alongside that of Ben Kingsley.
The new Jungle Book will put a fresh twist on Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale. As readers probably know that the tale is set in India and most of the characters have Indian names. Ben Kingsley deliberated on this aspect of acting, and tried out an Indian accent for the part. But the production team thought that he still sounded a little too British. Then he put a military British spin on his accent to make Bagheera sound more authoritative. He realized that he sounded more authoritative, disciplined and in total control, and his voice took on the undertones of tremendous loyalty and affection this way. So they stuck with that accent.
Ages ago when the world was still young and Rudyard Kipling had written the first draft of “The Jungle Book,” Bagheera was described as having a voice that was “soft as wild honey dripping from a tree.” Will Ben Kingsley bring it to life on screen? What do you think? Sound off in the comments section below.
Yahoo Movies reported the news first.
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