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Ben Kingsley Joins Jon Favreau's 'The Jungle Book'

June 26, 2014 (7:03 am) GMT
The Mandarin impersonator in 'Iron Man 3' is set to voice Mowgli's furry friend, the black panther Bagheera.
Ben Kingsley Joins Jon Favreau's 'The Jungle Book'

's adaptation of "" for Disney adds another big name to the cast ensemble. ("", "") is confirmed to provide voice to Bagheera, the black panther who befriends Mowgli during the boy's time in the jungle.

The film is written by Justin Marks (""). is in talks to voice the villainous python, Kaa. is expected to voice Rakcha, a mother wolf who adopts Mowgli. will voice the man-eating tiger, Shere Khan.

The Mouse House plans to release the movie on October 9, 2015. They are on a fast track to keep up with rival project developed by Warner Bros. sits behind the lens for WB's "The Jungle Book (2016)", while "Harry Potter" scribe Steve Kloves serves as a producer and his daughter Callie Kloves writes the script. No cast has been announced.

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