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Bill Murray for Disney's The Jungle Book

For Baloo

By Robert T. Trate     August 02, 2014
Source: Walt Disney


The Jungle Book arrives October 9th, 2015.
© Walt Disney
Walt Disney has announced the latest actor to join Jon Favreau’s (Iron Man, Chef) update of The Jungle Book. Comedian and Mega Star Bill Murray (Ghostbusters) will now play Baloo the Bear. I once heard it said that Murray has a clause in his contract to get every piece of clothing he wears on screen. I wonder if that will include his motion capture suit? 
 
Press Release: Veteran actor Bill Murray has joined the cast of Disney’s The Jungle Book as the voice of Baloo.
Disney recently announced that Academy Award winner Christopher Walken will play King Louie while Giancarlo Esposito will play Akela, and the previously confirmed cast includes Academy Award winners Ben Kingsley and Lupita Nyong’o as Bagheera and Raksha, respectively; Golden Globe winner Idris Elba as Shere Khan; Scarlett Johansson as Kaa; and newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli. 
 
The Jungle Book is a combination of live-action and animation, directed by Jon Favreau from a script by Justin Marks. 

The Jungle Book features Ben Kingsley, Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o, Christopher Walken, Giancarlo Esposito, and will introduce Neel Sethi as Mowgli.

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

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Muenster 8/3/2014 1:49:29 AM

I like Bill Murray, but only John Goodman can be Baloo Bear.

ElBaz13 8/3/2014 7:05:45 PM

Jungle Book 2 wasn't great but yeah, Goodman was great as Baloo.

Bill Murray is still great at voicework. Love his Badger in Fantastic Mr Fox. He is cussing funny in that one.

 

isgrimner 8/4/2014 7:23:28 AM

Only real negetive thing I can say about Bill Murray, at least that I can think of, is that he is a dispicable Cubs fan.  Other than that, I'm a fan.  ...and Go Cards.

isgrimner 8/4/2014 7:24:24 AM

Oh, and since Muenster mentioned John Goodman, he does beat Murray in choosing baseball teams to root for, as he is a Cards fan.

CaptAmerica04 8/10/2014 10:15:37 PM

I'm not sure if I'm interested in this... or just curious.  As with most remakes, I don't really see the need for this.  The original is a classic!  Even my two-year old loves it and loves the music.  Remaking it seems another unnecessary blasphemy to a cinematic classic beloved by millions.  But at the same time, with this cast and the promise of a combination of live action and animation (rather than just a modern CGI/animation version), I'm somewhat curious what they're going to do with it.

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