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Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong’o in Talks for Disney’s ‘Jungle Book’

The megastar and Oscar winner will likely join director Jon Favreau’s adaptation of the classic story

Disney is about to write Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong’o into “The Jungle Book,” an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap.

Johansson, who plays Black Widow in Disney-Marvel’s superhero film series, would voice the character of Kaa, a python who hypnotizes and eats animals. Nyong’o would play Rakcha, the wolf who adopts Mowgli, the young protagonist who has yet to be cast.

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The film, a live-action hybrid version of the Rudyard Kipling book — which Disney first turned into a 1967 animated feature — was written by Justin Marks and will be directed by Jon Favreau.

Johansson is in the midst of a hot run, voicing the AI character Samantha in the Oscar-winning film “Her,” and then co-starring in the box office champion “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” She is currently shooting “The Avengers” sequel.

Nyong’o recently won a Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars for her part in “12 Years a Slave,” which was her first major film role. She recently signed with CAA and on Wednesday was named People Magazine’s “Most Beautiful Person.”

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