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The original Jungle Book came out in 1967 and is still considered as one of the classic Disney films. Since then, there has been a live-action remake (1990), another live-action remake (1998), a sequel (2003) and multiple other failed projects. Basically, every attempt to recreate the magic of the original movie has ended in utter failure. So it was a fair reaction when fans were a little skeptical about this new Jungle Book installment. But if these new images are any indication, the Jon Favreau directed film, coming to theatres April 15, will not disappoint.
It’s always good to start with a bang… maybe a gun shot? (Hint hint. James Bond. He should play James Bond if you still don’t get it.)
Idris Elba has been one of the biggest actors in Hollywood the last few years. From complete flops such as The Losers and Takers to the big time Thor, Prometheus, Pacific Rim, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. And these don’t even come close to what he has coming up next.
Elba just finished lending his voice to the box-office hit Zootopia and along with The Jungle Book, he will reportedly appear in five more films this year. That includes the highly anticipated Finding Dory and Star Trek Beyond. He might not even have time to be James Bond if they do offer him the role.
It’s also nice to have an Oscar winner in the mix—or three. But hold your horses (or maybe wolves), we’ll get to those other two soon enough.
Lupita Nyongo’s career has skyrocketed since her Academy Award winning performance in 12 Years A Slave. She first appeared alongside Mr. Specific Set Of Skills himself, Liam Neeson, in Non-Stop and then really shot into orbit when she joined the cast of the new Star Wars trilogy. She is also set to appear in Selma director Ava DuVernay’s 2017 film Intelligent Life.
From Black Widow to black mamba. Okay, she actually plays a python but it’s close enough.
If Her was any indication of ScarJo’s ability to be only a voice in a movie then we are definitely in for a treat. Words really don’t do Johansson’s career any justice, but let’s just put it this way. She went from Eight Legged Freaks and The Perfect Score to The freakin’ perfectly scored (among many things it does well) Marvel Cinematic Universe. So basically, she’s set for a while. Unless they kill her off in Captain America: Civil War… then all she would have to fall back on is that she’s Scarlett Johansson and she can do literally whatever she wants.
You’re probably sitting there wondering, “where the heck do I know this guy from?” Well maybe this will jog your memory:
Yes, you probably now recognize that is FBI agent Jack Baer from The Usual Suspects. Esposito was also in some mildly successful show about a dentist who sells meth. He’s quietly built a very nice career for himself and has some big projects coming up, including this role in The Jungle Book. He is also slated to be featured alongside George Clooney and Julia Roberts in the Jodie Foster directed Money Monster and James Franco’s The Long Home. Those roles should all but ensure Esposito never goes hungry (like the wolf) for work again.
It’s good to see a Scarborough native getting his shine on. If you were waiting for those other Oscar winners, here they are. Sir Ben was in Schindler’s List and won an Academy Award for playing Gandhi. Even if The Jungle Book is a giant steaming pile of trash, you got to witness Sir Ben Kingsley—of the computer generated variety—in action. Just think about it this way: The last time they made a Jungle Book movie, some guy named Bob Joles played this character.
What more, can you say, about, Christopher Walken? Oscar winner. Film icon. Instead of us talking about Walken, get the full Walken experience with these ten impressions.
And for a full look at all The Jungle Book photos, go here.