The Jungle Book featurette highlights voice talent
We’ve already seen photos pairing the actors with their four-legged counterparts, but a new featurette from Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book shows the animal kingdom putting their voice talents into action.
Ben Kingsley takes on the panther Bagheera, Bill Murray voices the bear Baloo, Scarlett Johansson is the snake Kaa, Idris Elba voices the villainous tiger Shere Khan, and Christopher Walken voices King Louie. Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o is the sound of mother wolf Raksha, whom the actress called “the eternal mother,” and Breaking Bad‘s Giancarlo Esposito brings alpha wolf Akela to life.
“I think the most exciting thing about being a part of this project is that my daughter and my son were going to get to see a classic with their dad’s voice,” Elba said.
As Favreau points out in the video, 12-year-old Neel Sethi, who plays Mowgli, is the only live-action character in The Jungle Book. The wild is no longer safe for the child as Shere Khan sets his eyes on Mowgli. Now Bagheera must bring him back to man’s world to save him.
See this incredible cast in action in the video above and in theaters starting April 15.