It's time to return to the jungle as Disney preps a live-action version of its classic animated musical film The Jungle Book, originally based on Rudyard Kipling's collection of stories about a young boy called Mowgli who is adopted by a wolf pack after being found in the jungle. Not to be confused with Andy Serkis' upcoming darker take on the source material, Jungle Book: Origins, Disney's version will be more akin to the studio's live-action remake of Cinderella, which is out next spring.
It's hard to say which of the two adaptations has the cooler voice cast. In Serkis' version, Benedict Cumberbatch is voicing malevolent tiger Shere Khan, whereas in Disney's version the same character will be voiced by Idris Elba. The two movies are being released two years apart, so they're not exactly dueling, but comparisons will inevitably end up being made.
To show off some of the famous faces that won't be seen in the movie, director Jon Favreau has been dropping some behind-the-scenes images of the voice cast behind The Jungle Book - which includes Bill Murray, Christopher Walken, Scarlett Johansson, and Ben Kingsley - as well as a behind-the-scenes image of newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Anrthony and Joe Russo are also pictured on-set with Favreau, who they are familiar with through their Marvel connection. Just a casual visit, or were they plotting about the upcoming Captain America: Civil War? (Okay, probably just a casual visit, but still...)