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.
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.
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.