Scarlett Johansson & Lupita Nyong’o Eyeing Roles Alongside Idris Elba in “The Jungle Book”

Posted Thursday April 24, 2014 8:50 AM GMT

Taking a spin on the beloved animated film, Disney is working on an adaptation of “The Jungle Book” directed by Jon Favreau.

And it appears the studio is eyeing some heavy hitters, as The Hollywood Reporter stated Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong'o are in the middle of negotiations to join confirmed cast member Idris Elba.

According to reports, the live-action/GC hybrid film will stars Nyong’o as Rakcha, a mother wolf who adopts Mowgli, with Johansson portraying the voice of Kaa, the python who hypnotizes animals and eats them.

Idris is slated to portray Shere Khan, the villainous tiger.

“The Jungle Book” has a release date set for October 9, 2015. Stay linked to GossipCenter for more details on the film.

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