After her Oscar-winning performance in 12 Years A Slave and subsequently featuring in the block-busting action thriller alongside Liam Neeson, Lupita Nyong’o next film role may just be on Disney’s planned adaptation of the classic Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lupita and regular Marvel super heroine Scarlett Johansson are being considered to join Idris Elba in a potentially star studded line-up that will lend their voice-acting talent to the film. If everything goes according to plan, our favourite Kenyan-Mexican actor will be the voice of Rakcha, a mother wolf who adopts the central character, Mowgli.
Unlike the very first Disney adaptation of Jungle Book which was purely animation, this new film will be a live action / CGI combination, possibly a visual treat to the tune of something like The Life of Pi. It will be directed by Jon Favreau, best known for directing the Iron Man films.
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The expected release date for Jungle Book is October 2015.