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‘The Jungle Book’: Bill Murray To Play Baloo The Bear In Film Reboot

Sun, August 3, 2014 3:55pm EDT by 2 Comments
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If you ever had any worry about a remake of the classic Disney film, ‘The Jungle Book,’ cast it aside now. Bill Murray has just joined the reboot as Baloo the Bear!

Bill Murray, 63, has just been cast as the lovable Baloo the Bear in the upcoming film adaptation of The Jungle Book! The veteran actor and comedian will join a long list of A-list stars for the 2015 remake of the 1967 animated Disney classic.

‘The Jungle Book’: Bill Murray Cast As Baloo The Bear In Film Reboot

A film can’t go wrong when they cast esteemed actor, Bill Murray. The Saturday Night Live alum and Ghostbusters star is adding a beloved role to his resume.

The 63-year-old will play Baloo, the delightful friend and mentor to Mowgli, in the live-action/animated adaptation.

For those of you who don’t know the story, The Jungle Book follows little Mowgli as he is raised in the jungle with the help Baloo, Bagheera, a panther, and other animals. The film is based on a collection of stories written by Rudyard Kipling in 1894.

The character was first brought to life in 1967 Disney version and was voiced by actor Phil Harris.

Bill joins the cast that has already added Scarlett Johansson, 29, Christopher Walken, 71, Idris Elba, 41, Lupita Nyong’o, 31, Giancarlo Esposito, 56, Ben Kingsley, 70, and newcomer, Neel Sethi, 10.

The Jungle Book is set to be released Oct. 9, 2015. We’re practically counting down the days! Excuse us while we play “Bare Necessities” on repeat.

HollywoodLifers, what do you think about Bill Murray voicing Baloo the Bear in The Jungle Book? Perfect choice or did you have someone else in mind? Let us know!

— Avery Thompson

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