Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson for The Jungle Book?

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 April 2014
Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o

A-list actresses Lupta Nyong'o and Scarlett Johansson are in talks to join the cast of Disney's new adaptation of 'The Jungle Book'

Lupita Nyong'o and Scarlett Johansson are in talks to star in 'The Jungle Book'.

The stunning actresses are both in negotiations to join Idris Elba in Disney's latest adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic children's book, which will be directed by 'Iron Man' helmer Jon Favreau.

Oscar-winning '12 Years a Slave' star Nyong'o is close to closing a deal to play Rakcha, a wolf mother who adopts the film's protagonist, Mowgli.

Meanwhile, Johansson - who is pregnant with her first child with fiancé Romain Dauriac - is expected to take on a voice role as Kaa, a python who eats her rival animals by hypnotising them.

Kaa is one of the film's main villains along with Shere Khan, a man-eating tiger voiced by 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' star Elba.

'The Jungle Book' script comes from Justin Marks, whose previous credits include 'Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li'.

The movie is expected to be live action while also utilising CGI.

Johansson already has a strong relationship with Disney, starring in several Marvel movies including recently released blockbuster, 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'.

She is currently filming 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron', reprising her role as Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow.

Meanwhile, a role in 'The Jungle Book' would mark Nyong'o's first new project since winning an Oscar in March.

The Jungle Book

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 1h 46min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Jon Favreau
  • Written by: Justin Marks (screenplay), Rudyard Kipling
  • Cast: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken
  • UK release: 15 April 2016

You know the story: boy (Sethi) left in woods, adopted by wolves (Nyong'o and Esposito), mentored by panther (Kingsley), befriended by bear (Murray), hunted by tiger (Elba, terrifying). Favreau and his team successfully retool the story with stunning CGI, and a script with heart, soul and spirit. A feelgood delight.

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