- Tori Stromberg
- Staff Writer
The wild child Mowgli from “The Jungle Book” is returning to the big screen, but this time as a live-action film.
The latest installment of the classic children’s story is directed by well-known actor and director Jon Favreau, who is best known for his work on “Elf” and “Iron Man.”
Playing the role of Mowgli is an up-and-coming child actor, Neel Sethi.
Lending their voices to the film are Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken, Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong’o.
To have a character as free-spirited as the bear Baloo, a free-spirited actor such as Murray was seemingly a fitting choice.
Elba is offering his voice to the fearsome tiger, Shere Khan, while Nyong’o voices the motherly and accepting wolf, Raksha. Johansson’s haunting voice is being used for none other than the villainous snake, Kaa.
Along Mowgli’s journey, the child finds himself running into an orangutan, King Louie, voiced by Walken.
Mowgli also finds himself running into the no-nonsense panther Bagheera, whose voice belongs to Kingsley.
Favreau’s take on “The Jungle Book” is highly anticipated, especially with all of the talented actors lending their voices for the latest adaptation.
Early reviews are promising, as the film holds a 93-percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
“As lovely to behold as it is engrossing to watch, ‘The Jungle Book’ is the rare remake that actually improves upon its predecessors – all while setting a new standard for CGI,” the website reads.
“The Jungle Book” is set to hit theaters on Friday.