Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong'o in Talks to Join Jon Favreau's JUNGLE BOOK

By Amirose Eisenbach April 24, 2014

Jon Favreau's next directorial effort "Chef" hits theatres soon and he's wasting no time to line up some quality talent for his next one. Favreau's "Jungle Book" film just added Scarlett Johansson and new Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o to the mix.

Johansson is in talks to voice the python, Kaa, while Nyong'o is in negotiations  to voice Rkacha, Mowgli's adapted wolf mother. The wonderful Idris Elba is already signed on to play the villainous Shere Khan.

The film is a live-action adaptation, which is said to be darker in tone and more similar to Kipling's original novel. Not to say we didn't adore the Disney animated classic but this story is definitely not an uplifting one by many accounts and it will be cool to see the original intention of the author on the big-screen.

True to form with Hollywood these days, there's another "Jungle Book" project in the works at a similar time. Andy Serkis ("Dawn of the Planet of the Apes") is making his directorial debut over at Warner Bros. using the same original content as the background.

Are you happy with these new potential additions to Favreau's film? Let us know in the comments section below!

"Jungle Book" will hit AMC Theatres in October 2015

Source: HitFix

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