Bill Murray to Play Baloo in 'The Jungle Book' Live-Action movie

Talk about some creative casting! The live-action version of 'The Jungle Book' is adding another veteran actor to the mix. Bill Murray will be joining Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley, Scarlett Johannson and more...

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Here is a bit of casting that is sure to make you smile. If only because the fit is so hand-in-glove perfect. Jon Favreau (
Iron Man, Elf) will be directing a live-action retelling of the The Jungle Book. Idris Elba (Pacific Rim) will play the villainous Shere Khan, Ben Kingsley (Gandhi, Iron Man 3) will voice Bagheera, Scarlett Johansson (Lucy) will play Kaa, Christopher Walken (King of New York) is up for King Louie and many more talented actors are involved. Most of the primary casting has been completed, but there was one glaring omission. Who is going to play Mowgli's best friend Baloo?

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The answer is the one and only Bill Murray. His laid back demeanor and tone of voice fit the characterization of Baloo perfectly. It is possible he may be able to redefine Baloo for a new generation. This project is shaping up to be something really interesting.

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This is the official press release from Disney:

Veteran actor Bill Murray has joined the cast of Disney’s The Jungle Book as the voice of Baloo.

Disney recently announced that Academy Award winner Christopher Walken will play King Louie while Giancarlo Esposito will play Akela, and the previously confirmed cast includes Academy Award winners Ben Kingsley and Lupita Nyong’o as Bagheera and Raksha, respectively; Golden Globe winner Idris Elba as Shere Khan; Scarlett Johansson as Kaa; and newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli.

The Jungle Book is a combination of live-action and animation, directed by Jon Favreau from a script by Justin Marks. The film will be released in 3D and arrives in theaters on October 9, 2015.

We will be sure to bring you all the latest in The Jungle Book news. Does the casting excite you?

Source: Point of Geeks, Disney, Slashfilm

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Urubrodi - 8/2/2014, 9:10 AM
I don't know why Disney decided to release their old animation classics into live-action form instead of creating new movies, but I must say that this cast was good.
CaptainHammer - 8/2/2014, 9:18 AM
I hope it's also a musical
nibs - 8/2/2014, 9:33 AM
MexicanSuperman - 8/2/2014, 9:34 AM
This is racist, they should have casted a real Indian bear.
MrPrime - 8/2/2014, 11:03 AM
Ima let you finish but Andy Serkis' Jungle Book will blow this out of the water.
PymParticle - 8/2/2014, 11:30 AM
This is going to be great. Favreau is great and deserves another chance on a Marvel property
PymParticle - 8/2/2014, 11:33 AM
Pretty stupid that two Jungle Book movies by two studios are coming out only a year apart.
AutobotNance - 8/2/2014, 1:46 PM
This movie is coming out on my birthday. Maybe I'll check it out if it's worth it.
RedNTheHood - 8/19/2014, 9:54 AM
This cast is dope as dope can be.
Gusto - 8/19/2014, 10:09 AM


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