Jon Favreau has bettered my own idea of casting Matthew McConaughey and booked the irresistible Bill Murray to voice super-laid back bear, Baloo in his new film of The Jungle Book. Looking at the image above, it all makes perfect sense.
Last time Murray played a laconic CG animal in a live action film we got Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties but, as a brilliant side-effect, Murray’s excellent anecdotes about taking the role of Garfield because he mistakenly thought the Coen Bros. were involved.
I do wonder if Favreau will be using performance capture for his animal characters – though, you know, that will probably be pretty hard for the quadrapeds, not to mention Scarlett Johansson as Kaa the snake. Maybe just for the faces?
Anyway, if Favreau does get Murray and Christopher Walken, who will be playing King Louise, dancing about in performance capture suits, I’ll most definitely be investing in whatever Blu-ray special edition gives me the most behind the scenes footage.