Bill Murray Joins Live-Action ‘Jungle Book’ Cast

Actor Bill Murray arrived at the gala for the movie "Hyde Park on Hudson" during the 37th annual Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette) –AP

The Bare Necessities’’ could get the Bill Murray treatment next year.

The “Moonrise Kingdom’’ actor is the will voice Baloo, Mowgli’s beloved bear pal, in Disney’s live-action production of “The Jungle Book.’’

The news follows last week’s announcement that Christopher Walken will voice the orangutan King Louie and Giancarlo Esposito will voice the gray wolf, Akela. Other cast members include Scarlett Johansson (Kaa), Lupita Nyong’o (Rakcha), and Ben Kingsley (Bagheera).

Fans of “The Jungle Book’’ will have to wait until Oct. 9, 2015 for the hybrid live-action film.

h/t Mashable

Note: An earlier version of this post cited The Huntington Theatre Company’s “The Jungle Book’’ as an upcoming production. The play was part of the fall 2013 calendar.

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