The Disney-backed, Jon Favreau-helmed live action/CGI adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book may have nabbed two of the most sought-after actresses in Hollywood today to join its cast. According to a report, both Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and The Avengers star Scarlett Johansson are in talks to join Idris Elba in the film, which is, well, a lot of star power. Now that is one hell of a chockablock jungle (hey, wait: come back here!).
Though it’s still early in the process, the women are already said to be the top choices for two particular roles. Nyong’o’s negotiations revolve around the character Raksha, the mother wolf who takes Mowgli in, adopting him as her own. Meanwhile, Johansson is being eyed to join the bad guy side alongside Elba’s Shere Khan, that nasty ol’ tiger who just loves to eat up people. The actress is wanted for the role of Kaa, a killer animal-hypnotizing python. Considering her vocal work in Her, it’s not such a stretch to imagine her lulling a bunch of jungle creatures into a trance-like state.
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