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Movie Morsels: THE JUNGLE BOOK Cast Cuddles with the Critters They Voice

Idris Elba is once more a sexy beast in a new batch of photos from Disney’s live-action The Jungle Book! Also in today’s Movie Morsels, the latest on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the Tomb Raider reboot, and more!

The Jungle Book

Disney has just released a batch of portraits of the voice cast for director Jon Favreau’s adaptation of The Jungle Book posing alongside the character they voice in the film. And as curious as I am about this new take on the Rudyard Kipling classic (by way of the studio’s own animated feature film favorite), these photos have me kind of wishing we could see as well as hear these actors perform their roles. Feast your eyes on some very handsome shots of Giancarlo Esposito (Akela), Ben Kingsley (Bagheera), Idris Elba (Shere Khan), Lupita Nyong’o (Raksha), Scarlett Johansson (Kaa), and Christopher Walken (King Louie).

THE JUNGLE BOOK - Akela is the strong and hardened alpha-male wolf who shoulders the responsibility of his pack. He welcomes Mowgli to the family, but worries he may one day compromise their safety. "Akela is a fierce patriarch of the wolf pack," says Giancarlo Esposito, who voices the character. "He believes the strength of the pack lies in what each and every wolf offers. He's a great leader, a wise teacher." Photo by: Sarah Dunn. ©2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

THE JUNGLE BOOK - Bagheera is a sleek panther who feels it's his duty to help the man-cub depart with dignity when it's time for him to leave his jungle home. "Bagheera is Mowgli’s adoptive parent," says Ben Kingsley, who lends his voice to Bagheera. "His role in Mowgli’s life is to educate, to protect and to guide. My Bagheera was military—he’s probably a colonel. He is instantly recognizable by the way he talks, how he acts and what his ethical code is." Photo by: Sarah Dunn. ©2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

THE JUNGLE BOOK - Kaa is a massive python who uses her voice and hypnotic gaze to entrance Mowgli. The man-cub can't resist her captivating embrace. "Kaa seduces and entraps Mowgli with her storytelling," says Scarlett Johansson. "She's the mirror into Mowgli's past. The way she moves is very alluring, almost coquettish." Photo by: Sarah Dunn. ©2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

THE JUNGLE BOOK - King Louie is a formidable ape who desperately wants the secret of Man's deadly "red flower"--fire. He's convinced Mowgli has the information he seeks. "King Louie is huge--12 feet tall," says Christopher Walken, who voices the character. "But he's as charming as he is intimidating when he wants to be." Photo by: Sarah Dunn. ©2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

THE JUNGLE BOOK - Lupita Nyong'o voices Raksha, a mother wolf who cares deeply for all of her pups—including man-cub Mowgli, whom she adopts as one of her own when he's abandoned in the jungle as an infant. "She is the protector, the eternal mother," says Nyong'o. "The word Raksha actually means protection in Hindi. I felt really connected to that, wanting to protect a son that isn’t originally hers but one she’s taken for her own." Photo by: Sarah Dunn. ©2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

THE JUNGLE BOOK - Voiced by Idris Elba, Shere Khan bears the scars of man, which fuel his hatred of humans. Convinced that Mowgli poses a threat, the bengal tiger is determined to rid the jungle of the man-cub. "Shere Khan reigns with fear," says Elba. "He terrorizes everyone he encounters because he comes from a place of fear." Photo by: Sarah Dunn. ©2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Alan Tudyk

If you’re hungry for info on the mo-cap droid that Alan Tudyk will play in the very first Star Wars spinoff film, Rogue One, Making Star Wars (a usually very reliable source) has dug up some deets. Tudyk’s character, formerly with the Empire and now working with the Rebels, is an eight-foot-tall “Enforcer” droid…

“The droid’s eyes just have two circles that light up. The cranium is really smooth but the mouth area and the underpart of the cranium is very techno with lots of little details that contrast well against the smooth cranium and the under part goes down into a mouth piece (that kind of shapes down into a mouth piece like General Grievous but way less skull-like). The mouth doesn’t move. It is almost like a speaker mouthpiece. When his head turns a certain angle, his cranium shape kind of reminded me of Robocop because he’s a dark color and the shape of the head stands out with the lit eyes and you really can’t get a good look at the mouth and under head parts with the shadow. If Iron Giant was the father and EV-9D9 was the mother, he’d have his father’s eyes.”

HT: Slashfilm

[Making Star Wars]

Tomb Raider


Hey, speaking of Star Wars… New fan fave actress Daisy Ridley has confirmed that she is indeed in talks to star as Lara Croft in a Tomb Raider reboot. The Force Awakens star says there have been conversations, that she will have time in her busy Star Wars schedule, and that she is “waiting for someone to say ‘I want you, let’s do it’.” I, for one, am looking forward to hearing Ms. Croft speak with a genuine English accent this time around. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Only a few days remain until Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice shows its brooding head in theaters across America. Amazon is getting into the promotion game with a new video preview of Warner Bros’ oh-so-serious movie, starring Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, and Gal Gadot…

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The Secret Life of Pets

Finally today… Illumination wishes you a very happy Easter with a new video promoting its The Secret Life of Pets. Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, and Kevin Hart make their animated debuts in film, which co-stars Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress, and Albert Brooks.


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