Walken, Esposito Join Voice Cast of Disney’s “Jungle Book”

The Walt Disney Studios today announced that two more actors are on board as voice talent for Disney’s The Jungle Book, a combination of live-action and animation, directed by Jon Favreau.

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Giancarlo Esposito & Christopher Walken

Academy Award winner Christopher Walken will take on the role of King Louie, the ruler of a troop of monkeys and apes, while Giancarlo Esposito will voice Akela, the leader of the wolf pack.

Walken and Esposito join Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha, Golden Globe winner Idris Elba as Shere Khan, and Scarlett Johansson as Kaa. The Jungle Book also marks the debut of newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli, who will be the only actor to physically appear on screen.

The Jungle Book will be released in 3D and arrives in theaters on October 9, 2015.