Walt Disney has what is a lovely bit of advertising for the next big would-be blockbuster, ‘The Jungle Book’.
The photo shoots featuring Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o, Sir Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken and Giancarlo Esposito, highlights the other element of the picture, namely the all-star cast playing somewhat well-known animal characters.
Check them out…
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Photo Credit: Forbes