Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o For The JUNGLE BOOK
Just in time for #ManCrushMonday, Idris Elba is leading the new promo for Disney’s THE JUNGLE BOOK. In this new special shoot for the cast, which includes Lupita Nyong’o, Giancarlo Esposito and more, each actor is paired with their onscreen character and offers a little insight into their role.
Voiced by Idris Elba, “Shere Khan” bears the scars of man, which fuels 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 in a release sent to JET. “He terrorizes everyone he encounters because he comes from a place of fear.”
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.”
The movie is set to hit theaters April 15th!