Ben Kingsley Is The Voice Of Bagheera In The Jungle Book

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benkingsleyOscar-winner Ben Kingsley is set to voice the black panther Bagheera in the forthcoming Disney adaptation of The Jungle Book.

Jon Favreau’s live-action remake of the 1967 animated classic already boasts a stellar cast, including Idris Elba as the voice of terrifying tiger Shere Khan, as well as Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong’o and now even Ben Kingsley has been roped in to add some additional star clout to the movie based on the novel by Rudyard Kipling.

The script, which is being written by Justin Marks, centres on a boy named Mowgli, who is raised by animals in the jungle. Bagheera serves as the child’s mentor and best friend, protecting him from the dangers of the wild, including the carnivorous Shere Khan.

Most of the animals will be computer-generated, but Disney is reportedly searching for a mixed race actor to play Mowgli.

Disney has competition as far as The Jungle Book is concerned. Warner Bros are busy working on a rival version, but the studio is still looking for a director after Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu dropped out.

Ron Howard is being rumoured as a possible replacement to bring Callie Kloves script to life. Both studios are able to produce the film because Rudyard Kipling’s book is in the public domain.

The Jungle Book is set for a October 09, 2015 release.