According to Cinema Blend on Wednesday, Jon Favreau's "The Jungle Book" may just have big celebrities Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong'o in the Disney film. A corresponding Warner Brothers film adaptation of the same story, helmed by Andy Serkis, is also in the works as well. Idris Elba has been in talks with the studio to take on the role of the antagonistic Shere Khan and now two big time stars are being considered for the Rudyard Kipling story.
It has been realized that "12 Years a Slave" actress Nyong'o and "The Avengers" Black Widow Johansson are currently in the negotiation process for the Kipling classic. At this point, the roles in consideration are as follows, Johansson as Kaa the python who encounters Mowgli in his adventures only to attempt to hypnotize the lad into submission. Some may have remembered the cartoon version where Kaa was voiced by Sterling Holloway. Also, Nyong'o is up for Rakcha, the mother wolf who adopts Mowgli into her litter of cubs.
Nyong'o has been touted as People Magazine's 2014 most beautiful person and this will be her first voiceover opportunity if she takes on the part. Johansson is well versed in the voice over business as it won her the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay as the interactive operating system of Samantha for the movie "Her".
At this time, Johansson has been working with Joss Whedon as the character of Natasha Romanoff in "Avengers: Age of Ultron" which is scheduled to be released on May 1, 2015. There is also a plotless "Black Widow" solo film in the thought process of David Hayter as well. She also starred in "The Avengers", alongside Chris Evans in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier", and Tony Stark's replacement personal assistant in "Iron Man 2".
The production of Favreau's "The Jungle Book" film should be getting its start in a few months and the script is written by Justin Marks.