Disney’s ‘Jungle Book’ Adds Christopher Walken and Giancarlo Esposito to Cast

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Walt Disney Studios has announced that Christopher Walken will assume the role of King Louie in Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ live-action/animated hybrid, while Giancarlo Esposito will voice Akela, the leader of the wolf pack.

Walken and Esposito join Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha, Golden Globe winner Idris Elba as Shere Khan, and Scarlett Johansson as Kaa. The Jungle Book also marks the debut of newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli, who will be the only actor to physically appear on screen.

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Disney’s Live Action/Animated ‘The Jungle Book’ Casts Neel Sethi as Mowgli

Neel Sethi. Photo by: Alex Kang. ©2014 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.After an extensive worldwide search ranging from New York to New Zealand, London to Canada, and all throughout the United States and India, Walt Disney Studios has announced that 10-year-old Neel Sethi will play the part of Mowgli in Disney’s The Jungle Book. Neel is a newcomer from New York picked from among thousands of auditions, and his role in The Jungle Book marks his first foray into acting.

‘Casting is the most important element of any film and finding the right kid to play Mowgli was imperative,’ said director Jon Favreau. ‘Neel has tremendous talent and charisma. There is a lot riding on his little shoulders and I’m confident he can handle it.’

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