I am a huge Disney fan (and frankly who is not). My daughter and I never miss a Disney movie, let is alone a production like the New Jungle Book Movie coming out in few weeks (April 15th). In case you don’t know what to expect from this movie release, read our latest article featuring Jungle Book Movie facts and quotes. My daughter and I are already excited to watch this movie release. But Disney is adding so much excitement and teasing us by releasing these stunning pictures of the cast posing with their animal characters. The pictures are just AMAZING. If you are not already excited to watch the Jungle Book Movie, these pictures will sure change your mind.
The Jungle Book is a fantasy adventure movie that is set to be released in theaters on April 15, 2016. The movie is a combination of live action and CGI reimaging. The Jungle Book is a remake of the 1967 animated movie of the same name. The cast of the movie features 2 actors and several voice actors. Here is your guide to The Jungle Book cast and characters and some of their quotes.
Stunning Photos of Cast of the New Jungle Book Movie
Neel Sethi plays the role of Mowgli- Mowgli is a human boy that was raised by a pair of Indian wolves named Raksha and Akela. Ritesh Rajan plays the role of Mowgli’s father. Bill Murray plays the role of Baloo- Baloo is a free-spirited bear. He and Bagheera are the two responsible for leading Mowgli out of the jungle, beginning his self-discovery journey.
Idris Elba / Shere Khan
Idris Elba plays the role of Shere Khan- Shere Khan is a Bengal tiger that is fearsome and brave. He threatens Mowgli’s life when he enters the jungle due to the fact that humans are not allowed in the jungle.
“Shere Khan reigns with fear,” says Elba. “He terrorizes everyone he encounters because he comes from a place of fear.”
Lupita Nyong’o / Raksha
Lupita Nyong’o plays the role of Raksha- Raksha is one of the Indian wolves that raised Mowgli.
“She is the protector, the eternal mother,” says Nyong’o. “The word Raksha actually means protection in Hindi. I felt really connected to that, wanting to protect a son that isn’t originally hers but one she’s taken for her own.”
Scarlett Johansson / Kaa
Scarlett Johansson plays the role of Kaa. Kaa is a python with a seductive voice and hypnotic gaze that entrances Mowgli. The man-cub can’t resist her captivating embrace.
“Kaa seduces and entraps Mowgli with her storytelling,” says Scarlett Johansson. “She’s the mirror into Mowgli’s past. The way she moves is very alluring, almost coquettish.”
Christopher Walken / King Louie
Christopher Walken plays the role of King Louie- King Louie is a giant ape who is a smooth talker. He resembles Gigantopithecus, a giant ape. King Louie also tries to convince Mowgli to give up the secret to the red flower, which is deadly and elusive. He’s convinced Mowgli has the information he seeks.
“King Louie is huge–12 feet tall,” says Christopher Walken, who voices the character. “But he’s as charming as he is intimidating when he wants to be.”
Giancarlo Esposito / Akela
Giancarlo Esposito plays the role of Akela- Akela is one of the Indian wolves that raised Mowgli. He welcomes Mowgli to the family, but worries he may one day compromise their safety.
“Akela is a fierce patriarch of the wolf pack,” says Giancarlo Esposito, who voices the character. “He believes the strength of the pack lies in what each and every wolf offers. He’s a great leader, a wise teacher.”
Sir Ben Kingsley / Bagheera
Ben Kingsley plays the role of Bagheera- Bagheera is a black panther turned into a stern mentor. He is responsible for bringing Mowgli to the Indian wolves when he was a baby.
“Bagheera is Mowgli’s adoptive parent,” says Ben Kingsley, who lends his voice to Bagheera. “His role in Mowgli’s life is to educate, to protect and to guide. My Bagheera was military–he’s probably a colonel. He is instantly recognizable by the way he talks, how he acts and what his ethical code is.”