Elsewhere, Scarlett Johansson will voice Kaa and Idris Elba will voice Shere Khan.

Ben Kingsley to voice Bagheera in Disney’s live action The Jungle Book

Ben Kingsley, star of Gandhi and Sexy Beast, will voice Bagheera the panther in Disney’s live action version of The Jungle Book.

The film, directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Chef), will also see Scarlett Johansson voice Kaa the snake and Idris Elba voice Shere Khan the tiger.

Based on the Rudyard Kipling book, the story follows an orphan boy raised in the jungle.

Deadline reports that Disney’s The Jungle Book will land in cinemas on October 9th, 2015.

As well as Disney’s version, Warner Bros is also putting together a darker Jungle Book film with Andy Serkis behind the camera.

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