News broke from Disney today that Bill Murray will voice the character of Baloo in Jon Favreau’s upcoming hybrid live action/animated version of JUNGLE BOOK.
Josh Dickey at Mashable writes “Murray’s casting comes on the heels of news that Christopher Walken will play King Louie, while Giancarlo Esposito will voice Akela.
Murray will reprise the role made famous by Phil Harris, the actor and musician who sang the 1967 animated feature’s most beloved song, a tribute to the easygoing spirit of the character and his passive way of living.”
It is tantalizing to imagine Murray’s cover of this classic… Or a fresh rendition of a new number that equals “Bare Necessities.”
To help stimulate your imagination, take another look at Bill’s performance of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” — in full Liberace outfit — as his tribute to David Letterman.
Other Jungle Book voice actors include Scarlett Johansson (Kaa, the python), Idris Elba (Shere Khan, the duplicitous tiger), Lupita Nyong’o (Rakcha, the mother wolf) and Ben Kingsley (Bagheera, the friendly leopard).
Disney’s version of The Jungle Book is scheduled for an Oct. 9, 2015 release, in 3D.