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Lupita Nyong’o Is In Talks To Join Idris Elba In Disney's Live-Action/CG Hybrid Adaptation Of 'The Jungle Book'

by Tambay A. Obenson
April 23, 2014 7:15 PM
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What will Lupita Nyong’o do next? What will she do next? What? What? What? Tell us...

While fans wait anxiously for confirmation news of her casting in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode 7, or her official announcement that she's adapting Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel Americanah, maybe this will hold you over.

The woman of the hour is final negotiations to join Idris Elba in what is being envisioned as a live-action/CG hybrid movie adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, which is currently set up at Disney, with Jon Favreau directing.

This project is not to be confused with the other adaptation of The Jungle Book which is in development at Warner Bros.

Nyong’o will play Rakcha, a mother wolf who adopts Mowgli, the story's main protagonist - a human child, who was found in a basket on the edge of a torn-apart boat as a baby. Apparently orphaned, Mowgli was raised by a pack of wolves (will Nyong'o playing the mother wolf who adopts him) until he was 10 years old. However, the threat of Shere Khan forces the pack to send him away.

Idris Elba is voicing (and possibly do motion capturing) for the role of Shere Khan, the arrogant tiger who regards himself the rightful lord of the jungle.

Scarlett Johansson is also in talks to join the cast, playing Kaa, the python who eats other animals by hypnotizing them, and is the story's second villain after Shere Khan.

Details on Disney's take is being kept under wraps for now, but, as noted, it will reportedly feature a blend of live action and computer animated characters. 

Jon Favreau is directing from a script penned by Justin Marks

Disney has a release date for the film, set for October 29, 2015.

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  • Random Commentary | April 24, 2014 5:00 PMReply

    I'm trying to figure out the racist aspects of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. I'm wondering are people confusing it with Tarzan.

    An Indian baby that gets adopted into a wolf pack. The main human character is a brown skin Indian. His entire struggle is the hierarchy of the jungle. Unless people are complaining about how Disney adds song and dance to every single animation project. Or maybe folks is having flashbacks from when the BLACK Crows started singing in Dumbo.

  • foodforthought | April 24, 2014 12:49 PMReply

    The same white management team that thought it was a good idea to fuel the false rumors that she is romantically involved with Jared Leto advised her to take this role.

  • Ina Norris | April 24, 2014 12:36 PMReply

    I would strongly advise both of those African actors to stay away from anything that has the word Jungle in it.

  • v | April 24, 2014 12:46 PM

    People are acting like Lupita is getting all types of great offers. This may be the best offer she has received.

  • Shanae | April 24, 2014 8:11 AMReply

    Is a Jungle Book remake really necessary?

    I like Idris Elba and Lupita N'yongo, but I won't see this. Why would Elba and N'yongo even agree to star in this movie? It's one of Disney's most racist films. This is just ridiculous.

  • Alias | April 24, 2014 1:01 AMReply

    It's 2014 and Hollywood is remaking "Jungle Book?" ... Really! Really? Why? And who is the audience? I didn't like it as a child and I sure as HELL wouldn't take a child to see this. ...PASS. ...And in some weird, roundabout way it seems that having two people of direct African descent plays into some weird stereotypes. Just feels icky.

  • moulin | April 23, 2014 9:51 PMReply

    check THR. she's not going to be in star wars.

  • QB | April 23, 2014 7:38 PMReply

    Man.. that is the finest Mexican woman I've ever seen.

  • Akim | April 23, 2014 7:34 PMReply

    Lupita needs to try out for more LEAD roles or else she'll only be looked at as just a ''supporting actress''.

  • JulieB | April 24, 2014 9:45 AM

    Are you implying that she isn't trying out for lead roles? If all the casting calls are for white women, she can't audition! It's simple, I'm sure this is the best offer she has gotten. She has to eat and pay the bills!

  • Bread Free | April 23, 2014 8:30 PM

    Like Marion Cotillard, Lu is booking with important people in ensemble studio vehicles. Remember at the moment Hollywood has nothing written that is racially neutral for a female led script.

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