This year’s “most beautiful” person, Lupita Nyong’o (pictured), will be joining Idris Elba and Scarlett Johansson for the upcoming movie adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. The Disney movie is envisioned to be a live-action/CG hybrid version directed by Jon Favreau.
According to Hollywood Reporter, “Nyong’o is in final negotiations to play Rakcha, a mother wolf who adopts Mowgli.”
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Johansson is in earlier stages of talks to voice the character of Kaa, the python who eats other animals by hypnotizing them. Kaa is the movie’s second villain after Shere Khan, the man-eating tiger being voiced by Idris Elba.
The part of Mowgli has not been set yet.
Justin Marks wrote the script which is set to release October 9, 2015.
Nyong’o is quite a busy woman these days. We continue to await news on whether she will get a role in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode 7, or if she will star in the adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah. 2014 has been an amazing year for the young actress so far. Looks like we will all just have to wait and see what’s next!