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Bill Murray to play Baloo in Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book!

Aug. 1, 2014by: Graham McMorrow
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The stellar cast of Disneys THE JUNGLE BOOK directed by Jon Favreau is surely going to get a lot of attention when the trailers and posters start to roll out. Bill Murray has now joined the cast of as the voice of Baloo! We recently told you that Christopher Walken will be playing King Louie, Ben Kingsley will play Bagheera, Lupita Nyong'o will play Raksha, Idris Elba is Shere Khan and Scarlett Johansson will play Kaa.

We already know that THE JUNGLE BOOK will be a combination of live-action and animation; but now with all these creative casting choices and Jon Favreau at the helm, they just might have something here that interests me. There have been a lot of versions of Rudyard Kipling's story, the animated version being the most well-known. The material is hot right now with another telling of the story coming from Andy Serkis; his newly titled THE JUNGLE BOOK: ORIGINS from Warner Bros. will hit October 21, 2016.No casting for the Serkis version has been announced yet but he did say it would be as dark ast he book, something I don't think we will get from the Disney version.

Jon Favreau's THE JUNGLE BOOK will be released in 3D and arrives in theaters on October 9, 2015.

They have my money if Bill Murray sings Bear Necessities, thats just a fact:

Source: Deadline

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2:12PM on 08/02/2014
Here's a fun fact, the actor who voiced garfield in the animated show also voiced Peter Venkman in the Ghostbusters animated show. Strange that Murray would voice Garfield in the animated films several years later. I wonder if that was on purpose?
Here's a fun fact, the actor who voiced garfield in the animated show also voiced Peter Venkman in the Ghostbusters animated show. Strange that Murray would voice Garfield in the animated films several years later. I wonder if that was on purpose?
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2:21AM on 08/02/2014
Adding ": Origins" to a title is guaranteeing that it will be terrible.
Adding ": Origins" to a title is guaranteeing that it will be terrible.
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9:41PM on 08/01/2014
Jesus, could you have picked a more horrifying image of Murray for the thumbnail?
Jesus, could you have picked a more horrifying image of Murray for the thumbnail?
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9:53PM on 08/01/2014
Changed it, now don't say I never gave you anything! ;)
Changed it, now don't say I never gave you anything! ;)
9:36PM on 08/01/2014
I was hoping for John Goodman but hard to go wrong with Bill Murray. Hopefully Favreau has assured him this won't be another Garfield.
I was hoping for John Goodman but hard to go wrong with Bill Murray. Hopefully Favreau has assured him this won't be another Garfield.
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9:53PM on 08/01/2014
That would have been awesome.
That would have been awesome.
9:54PM on 08/01/2014
Indeed it would've been! I think he voiced Baloo in one of the more recent straight-to-video films or animated series.
Indeed it would've been! I think he voiced Baloo in one of the more recent straight-to-video films or animated series.
9:59PM on 08/01/2014
I was going to say, he must have done something with that role before, a STV sounds about right.: "The Jungle Book 2"
I was going to say, he must have done something with that role before, a STV sounds about right.: "The Jungle Book 2"
9:35PM on 08/01/2014
To quote Zombieland, "God dammit, Bill Fuckin' Murray!"

Love this cast.
To quote Zombieland, "God dammit, Bill Fuckin' Murray!"

Love this cast.
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