The Walt Disney Studios is making a live action adaptation of The Jungle Book, and have tapped Bill Murray to play the lovable bear, Baloo.

Disney recently announced that Academy Award winner Christopher Walken will play King Louie while Giancarlo Esposito will play Akela, and the previously confirmed cast includes Academy Award winners Ben Kingsley and Lupita Nyong’o as Bagheera and Raksha, respectively; Golden Globe winner Idris Elba as Shere Khan; Scarlett Johansson as Kaa; and newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli.

The Jungle Book will combine live action elements with animation, with Jon Favreau directing the film.  The Jungle Book is expected to arrive in theaters on October 9, 2015.

via Disney

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  1. August 4, 2014 at 9:42 am — Reply

    Well, I can honestly say I’m surprised, but I’m not disappointed.

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