Bill Murray joined the cast of Disney’s “The Jungle Book” as the voice of Baloo the Bear!
The cast includes Christopher Walken as King Louie, Giancarlo Esposito as Akela, Ben Kingsley and Lupita Nyong’o as Bagheera and Raksha.
“The Jungle Book” combines action and animation with Jon Favreau directing from a script written by Justin Marks. The movie will be released in 3D on Oct. 9, 2015.
In Rudyard Kipling’s original book, Baloo and the panther Bagheera teach the law of the jungle to Mowgli and save him from Shere Khan the tiger.
Baloo’s character was given lots of attention to in Disney’s animated 1967 cartoon.
Disney announced Murray’s casting Friday, just a few hours after Warner Bros. announced that it had dated its “Jungle Book: Origins” for October 21, 2016.