THE JUNGLE BOOK Adds Christopher Walken and Giancarlo Esposito; Eva Green in Talks for Tim Burton’s MISS PEREGRINE

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Disney continues to expand the cast of it’s The Jungle Book adaptation, even if only one actor will ever be seen on screen.  Director Jon Favreau’s iteration recently cast young newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli, and he will be the only live-action actor to appear in the film.  The rest of the cast is filled out with CG-animated creatures, and today Disney announced that Christopher Walken and Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito have joined the voice cast.  Walken will fill the role of King Louie, the ruler of a troop of monkeys and apes, while Esposito will voice Akela, the leader of the wolf pack.  Other voice actors in the film include Lupita Nyong’o, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, and Sir Ben KingsleyThe Jungle Book is scheduled for release on October 9, 2015.

Hit the jump for news concerning a Dark Shadows actress leading the next film from director Tim Burton.

eva-green-miss-peregrines-home-for-peculiar-childrenAdditionally, Variety reports that Eva Green is in negotiations to star in director Tim Burton’s next movie, an adaptation of the Ranson Riggs novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.  The story revolves around a teenger who is transported to an island where he stumbles upon a school full of orphans with special powers.  The teenager must help protect the children from creatures that are out to destroy them.  Should her deal make, Green would play the titular Miss Peregrine, who acts as a guardian to the children.

Green and Burton previously worked together on Dark Shadows, and the actress has been turning in memorable turns lately in everything from 300: Rise of an Empire to the Showtime series Penny Dreadful.  Burton has been developing Miss Peregrine for some time, but the film is now scheduled to start production in February.  Hopefully this one is more Edward Scissorhands than Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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  • Mr. Smith

    Hot damn, this is a good voice cast for the Jungle Book. And I will watch Eva Green in anything.

  • Mr. Smith

    Hot damn, this is a good voice cast for the Jungle Book. And I will watch Eva Green in anything.

  • Christian

    I’m really hoping for ‘Beetlejuice 2′ soon. I know some people are opposed to reviving classic franchises, but Michael Keaton’s performance in ‘Clear History’ convinced me that this one is worthy.

  • Christian

    I’m really hoping for ‘Beetlejuice 2′ soon. I know some people are opposed to reviving classic franchises, but Michael Keaton’s performance in ‘Clear History’ convinced me that this one is worthy.

  • milo

    Reading Peregrine now (and it’s pretty cool). Knowing that Burton is supposed to do it, I was just hoping that the title character would be played by anyone but Helena Bonham Carter. And Eva Green would be an inspired choice (although in the book she’s extremely short and doesn’t seem like much of a looker).

  • Pk

    I’m guessing akela would be a lone wolf since akela is the Hindi word for alone

  • Stefan Bonomo

    Let’s do the Jungle Book rundown:
    Idris Elba as a vicious tiger – Check
    Scarlett Johansson as an alluring snake – Check
    Ben Kingsley as a wise panther – Check
    Lupita Nyong’o as a kind wolf – Check
    Christopher Walken as a singing ape – EXTRA CHECK
    And Gus as another wolf – Could’ve done a better role, but still Check
    I can probably bet that Jon Favreau himself will probably be playing Baloo, and if he does I’d say that’s a good choice too.

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