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The Cast of Disney’s “The Jungle Book” Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson & Neel Sethi on the cover of Parade Magazine

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The original Jungle Book movie was released by Disney in 1967. Decades after more and more people are still drawn to the story of Mowgli, the Rudyard Kipling–created character raised by wolves in the jungle.

That’s why ushering The Jungle Book back onto the big screen wasn’t a task director Jon Favreau took lightly. He had to get the best actors to reprise the roles and that is exactly what he did.

First time actor Neel Sethi played Mowgli, Scarlett Johansson voiced Kaa, Idris Elba voiced Shere Khan, Ben Kingsley voiced Bagheera, Bill Murray plays Baloo, and Lupita Nyong’o played Raksha.

See their character photos here

Attracting a modern audience to the film was at the forefront of Favreau’s mind. “Audiences have become very sophisticated over the decades,” he says. “The film has more thrills and more of a sense of danger than the original. At the same time, it’s a PG-rated Disney film, so kids will love it too.”

Parade magazine spoke with Sethi and the new stars of The Jungle Book—and celebrates the voice talent that first brought the characters to life nearly 50 years ago.

Read the full feature story here

3 Comments

  1. Oma

    April 5, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Lupita and Idris look so good on that cover

  2. lolookafor

    April 5, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    i really wonder why scarlett edged so far away from Lupita… twould v bin nice if there were to be a little chemistry!!!!!!!!anyway black is beautiful anyday sha..my innocent 2cents

  3. O

    April 6, 2016 at 1:21 am

    Why is Lupi baby sitting like a grandma?

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