by: Sammy Mink
Disney’s THE JUNGLE BOOK looks to add Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong’o to its cast. The adaptation is based on the Rudyard Kipling classic book but there’s no word on the specific details of the plot. Johansson would play Kaa, the python who lures her prey though hypnotization while Nyong’o would play Rakcha, the mother of the wolf who adopts Mowgli. They would join Idris Elba who is already attached to play the tiger Shere Khan.
Fresh off his indie comedy “Chef,” director Jon Favreau has a bit of competition on his hands. Warner Bros. is also developing a “Jungle Book” project that will be helmed by Andy Serkis and written by Callie Kloves, the daughter of “Harry Potter” scribe Steve Kloves.
Johansson most recently starred in Favreau’s “Chef” and before that lent her voice to Spike Jonze’s “Her.” Next up, Johansson will star in action/sci-fi flick “Lucy” and will reprise her role as Black Widow in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and her own spin-off “Black Widow.”
Nyong’o has only recently shot to fame after her Oscar winning performance in “12 Years A Slave.” She recently starred in “Non-Stop” with Liam Neeson and is rumored to be involved in the thriller “Who Shot the Sherriff?” with Rosario Dawson.