Christopher Walken To Play King Louie In Jungle Book Remake

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July 28, 2014 | 6:55pm EST

Christopher Walken has joined the cast of Jon Favreau’s star-studded The Jungle Book remake – as ape leader King Louie.
He joins Sir Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong’o, Idris Elba and Scarlett Johansson among the stars who will be providing the voices for the live-action/animation adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s book.
Walken’s character was played by singer Louis Prima in the 1967 Disney film adaptation.
Meanwhile, Breaking Bad star Giancarlo Esposito has also been added to the new Jungle Book cast – he’ll play wolf leader Akela.
Kingsley will play panther Bagheera, Idris Elba the villainous tiger Shere Khan and Johansson python Kaa. Newcomer Neel Sethi has been cast as Mowgli, the orphan at the center of Kipling’s tale.