Favreau is directing from a script by Justin Marks. The new 3D film, which is a combination of live-action and animation, will follow the adventures of Mowgli (Neel Sethi), a little boy who’s raised by wolves and friends with all sorts of jungle creatures.
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Walken will play King Louie, the ruler of a troop of monkeys and apes, while Esposito will voice Akela, the leader of the wolf pack.
Newcomer Sethi will be the only actor to physically appear on screen in the film, which Disney will release on October 9, 2015.
Esposito, who was last seen on NBC’s “Revolution,” is repped by ICM Partners and Thruline Entertainment.