by Justin Cook
When Disney Animation’s The Jungle Book was released in 1967, audiences were delighted by the film’s catchy songs and memorable characters including Mowgli, Baloo, and Bagheera. Next year in 2015, Disney will be returning to the jungles of India with a retelling of the classic tale, but this time as a live action/animation hybrid and directed by Jon Favreau.
Over the past couple of weeks and months, an already stellar cast of actors such as Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o, Idris Elba, and Ben Kingsley has been assembled. But on the heels of the announcement that newcomer Neel Sethi will be playing the role of Mowgli in the film is the news that two powerhouse actors have been added to the cast. These actors are Christopher Walken, joining the film as King Louie, the leader of a group of monkeys and apes, and Giancarlo Esposito as Akela, the leader of a pack of wolves. Both actors will lend their voices to the movie.
The film’s official release date is October 19, 2015, and the film will also be released in 3D.