‘Jungle Book’ will likely be Lupita Nyong’o’s next role


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Lupita Nyong’o and Scarlett Johansson are in negotiations with Disney to join the cast of the new live-action/CGI “Jungle Book” remake being directed by Jon Favreau.

It would Nyong’o’s first role since she won the best supporting actress Oscar for her role as Patsey in “12 Years a Slave.” It’s been a busy month for Nyong’o; the actress was just named People magazine’s most beautiful person of 2014, was recently announced as the new face of Lancôme cosmetics, and just changed her representation to CAA. Previous rumors connected Nyong’o to the new Star Wars film when THR reported that she’d met with director J.J. Abrams. “Americanah” author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie hinted that the two could be making an announcement soon.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 20: Actress Scarlett Johansson attends the UK Film Premiere of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" at Westfield London on March 20, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images) Actress Scarlett Johansson attends the UK Film Premiere of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Nyong’o would play Rakcha, the wolf mother who adopts Mowgli, according to the Hollywood Reporter.  Johansson is expected to play Kaa, the hypnotizing snake. Idris Elba is already attached to the movie. He’ll play Shere Khan, the tiger.

Johansson has been on a tear of her own, promoting “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” and coming off of critically lauded and interesting roles in “Her,” and “Under the Skin.”

As Angie Han noted at Slash Film, it does seem a bit of a shame to hide such an attractive cast behind CGI, but there’s no telling what it will look like until the movie’s released.

After winning an Oscar for her role in "12 Years A Slave," actress Lupita Nyong'o has been named People magazine's most beautiful woman for 2014. (Reuters)

 

Soraya Nadia McDonald covers arts, entertainment and culture for the Washington Post with a focus on race and gender issues.
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