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Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson & More in a Character Photo Shoot for Walt Disney’s “The Jungle Book”



Are you anticipating Walt Disney’s remake of “The Jungle Book” as much as we are?

Click here if you missed the trailer.

Walt Disney Studios has shared brand new images featuring the cast of Disney’s “The Jungle Book”. Featuring Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o, Sir Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken and Giancarlo Esposito, each image pairs the actor with their onscreen character, as well as quotes from the actors to share with your readers.

See the photos below.


Idris Elba/Shere Khan: Voiced by Idris Elba, Shere Khan bears the scars of man, which fuel his hatred of humans. Convinced that Mowgli poses a threat, the bengal tiger is determined to rid the jungle of the man-cub. “Shere Khan reigns with fear,” says Elba. “He terrorizes everyone he encounters because he comes from a place of fear.”


Lupita Nyong’o/Raksha: Lupita Nyong’o voices Raksha, a mother wolf who cares deeply for all of her pups-including man-cub Mowgli, whom she adopts as one of her own when he’s abandoned in the jungle as an infant. “She is the protector, the eternal mother,” says Nyong’o. “The word Raksha actually means protection in Hindi. I felt really connected to that, wanting to protect a son that isn’t originally hers but one she’s taken for her own.”


Scarlett Johansson/Kaa: Kaa is a massive python who uses her voice and hypnotic gaze to entrance Mowgli. The man-cub can’t resist her captivating embrace. “Kaa seduces and entraps Mowgli with her storytelling,” says Scarlett Johansson. “She’s the mirror into Mowgli’s past. The way she moves is very alluring, almost coquettish.”


Christopher Walken/King Louie: King LOUIE is a formidable ape who desperately wants the secret of Man’s deadly “red flower”-fire. He’s convinced Mowgli has the information he seeks. “King LOUIE is huge-12 feet tall,” says Christopher Walken, who voices the character. “But he’s as charming as he is intimidating when he wants to be.”


Giancarlo Esposito/Akela: Akela is the strong and hardened alpha-male wolf who shoulders the responsibility of his pack. He welcomes Mowgli to the family, but worries he may one day compromise their safety. “Akela is a fierce patriarch of the wolf pack,” says Giancarlo Esposito, who voices the character. “He believes the strength of the pack lies in what each and every wolf offers. He’s a great leader, a wise teacher.”


Sir Ben Kingsley/Bagheera: Bagheera is a sleek panther who feels it’s his duty to help the man-cub depart with dignity when it’s time for him to leave his jungle home. “Bagheera is Mowgli’s adoptive parent,” says Ben Kingsley, who lends his voice to Bagheera. “His role in Mowgli’s life is to educate, to protect and to guide. My Bagheera was military-he’s probably a colonel. He is instantly recognizable by the way he talks, how he acts and what his ethical code is.”

Photo Credit: Forbes


  1. charls

    March 21, 2016 at 3:45 pm

  2. Anon

    March 21, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    I shuddered at that python.

    • Tina

      March 21, 2016 at 5:02 pm

      The tiger really suits Idris, men that man is sexy!!!

  3. Erika

    March 21, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Love this!

  4. Yeyeperry

    March 21, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Toh…. whonow voiced d famous Mowgli?

    • Austin

      March 24, 2016 at 5:30 am

      I think he’s a human being, nobody voiced him.

  5. Grace

    March 21, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    I cant wait to see the movie… 🙂

    • ATL's finest

      March 24, 2016 at 6:58 am

      I know right. Same here

  6. keke driver

    March 21, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    @Sir Ben Kingsley agbam!!! Actor toh bad

  7. Ms jazz

    March 21, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Good question yeyeparry! As I scrolled, I kept expecting to see the voice actor behind mowgli

  8. Gypsy

    March 21, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Mehn…I can’t wait to see this.

  9. Tosin

    March 21, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    not sure why this is amazing but it IS.

  10. ibukunoluwa

    March 21, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    I cannot wait!!!!!!!!!!!! the cast is perfect!

  11. yikes

    March 21, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Mind u Mowgli is human…Google guys.

  12. Nunu

    March 21, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    What the heck?! they showed us the wolf and not Baloo? Where is Baloo?! (Sings) Bare necessities la la la bare necessities…forget about your sorrows and your strife…

    • Miss Mo

      March 21, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      Oh my goodness, the song just brought back memories,
      @ Yikes, we know Mowgli is human, it would have been nice to see the entire cast and Baloo too

  13. Lala

    March 21, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Mowgli is being played by a child actor I don’t know his name though, on the other hand this cast is all kinds of intimidating and awesome I can’t wait loved the book and the disney movie, I can still remember king louie’s song in the disney version

    • Toyosi

      March 21, 2016 at 7:36 pm

      This is also Disney this is supposed to be the real movie and not the cartoon depiction or you can call this a reboot if you like, King Louie’s song is about man red flower – (fire)

  14. lea valley

    March 21, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Imagine if a black played king Louie the monkey lol

    • Winter

      March 23, 2016 at 6:35 pm

      Yeah, It would cause to much backlash if a black person played King Louie the monkey.. I think they made the right call on this one..

  15. Akpeno

    March 21, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Where is the Bear? As a child watching the jungle book, the Bear was my favourite character… wonder who voiced that role…..


    March 21, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    This is how to run character posters oh! We need to learn and learn well. I am sooooooooooooo looking forward to the movie, Easter weekend, do and come quick.

  17. Tunmi

    March 21, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Giancarlo Esposito is Bae!!!!!!!

  18. Ch

    March 22, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Imagine my disappointment when I scrolled down and there was no Baloo…my favourite of all the characters.

  19. Fairy GodSister

    March 22, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    Looking forward… what a way to keep us salivating till it’s released!

  20. Winter

    March 23, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Wow, I am definitely looking forward to seeing this..

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