According to helmer Jon Favreau, Bill Murray, who will be voicing Baloo in Disney’s upcoming 3D live-action adaptation of its classic animation, "Jungle Book," will be singing in the pic. Read on for further details.
"Jungle Book" helmer Jon Favreau told Empire that although the live-action adaptation will not be a musical, it will still see a few key moments featured in the 1967 animation.
"Although it’s not a musical, we wanted to work in the more memorable moments from the ‘67 film,” told the director.
One instance of it would be Baloo’s classic song "The Bare Necessities," to which when asked to the director if it’d be included in the adaptation, "How do you not do that?” he replied.
"Jungle Book" is Disney’s latest addition to its live-action/animation hybrid films and is based on a collection of stories by English author Rudyard Kipling. The plot follows Mowgli, a feral “man-cub” raised by wolves in the Indian jungle, as his friends, a panther named Bagheera and Baloo, a bear, try to convince him to leave the jungle before the man-eating bengal tiger, Shere Khan, arrives. Favreau will be directing from a script penned by scribe Justin Marks.
The live-action film adaptation will feature a star-studded cast, which will lend their voices to the colorful characters of "Jungle Book." Murray will lend his voice to the fun-loving bear Baloo; Ben Kingsley will voice the worrisome panther Bagheera; Christopher Walken as King Louie, a ruler of a troop of monkeys; Scarlett Johansson will voice the kaleidoscope-eyed hypnotic snake Kaa; Lupita Nyong’o to voice the wolf Raksha, mother to Mowgli; Giancarlo Esposito as Akela, leader of the wolf pack; and Idris Elba will voice the man-eating tiger, Shere Khan. Newcomer, Neel Sethi, will be playing the iconic lead Mowgli.
The 3D live-action adaptation film is set to open in theaters on Oct. 9, 2015.
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