Bill Murray is Baloo in Disney’s THE JUNGLE BOOK; Warner Bros Version Gets a Release Date

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Hot on the heels of the casting of Christopher Walken and Giancarlo Esposito, Disney’s live-action version of  The Jungle Book has got another vet actor to the mix – Bill Murray as Mowgli’s best friend Baloo the bear.

The 10-year-old newcomer Neel Sethi will be the only only on-screen actor, but he’ll be joined by a slew of CG animal characters including Walken as King Louie, Esposito as Akela, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera the black panther, Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha, the mother wolf who adopts the orphaned Mowgli in the jungle, Idris Elba as the tiger Shere Khan and Scarlett Johansson as the python Kaa, in addition to Murray.

Jon Favreau is directing the live-action/animation hybrid film with a script by Justin Marks.

The Jungle Book comes to theaters October 9th, 2015.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros. Pictures’ own take on this hot material, set to be directed by Andy Serkis, will be titled The Jungle Book: Origins and will hit October 21st, 2016. Serkis promised it would be as dark as the Rudyard Kipling’s book.

I hope this will work out, specially a year after another one’s been released.

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