|Ben Kingsley?Trevor Slattery|
It helps that Jon Favreau, coming off the charming drama Chef, is handling this one, meaning it's in good hands in directorial terms. But even more exciting at this stage is the cast they've lined up to play all the legendary characters in this film. Idris Elba is playing Shere Khan, Lupita Nyong'O has the role of Raksha, Mowglis wolf mom, and we get to trust in Scarlett Johansson to ring Kaa to life like never before. The newest addition to the cast is Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, a perfect choice that I wholeheartedly support. I never thought I'd say it about a live-action/CGI remake of one of my favorite movies, but this really is shaping up nicely so far. Hopefully the movie itself lives up to the terrific cast.
The Jungle Book comes out October 9, 2015.