Ben Kingsley is joining Disney’s new live-action “Jungle Book” film.
Directed by Jon Favreau, Kingsley will voice the loyal black panther Bagheera. He joins a cast that already includes Idris Elba, who’ll voice the evil tiger Shere Khan, Lupita Nyong’o as Rakcha, the wolf mother who adopts Mowgli, and Scarlett Johansson as the villainous python Kaa.
The story follows Mowgli, an orphan boy raised in the jungle by a pack of wolves. Bagheera also helps to raise Mowgli along with Baloo the bear.
Justin Marks penned the script.
“The Jungle Book” will bow in 3D on October 9, 2015.