Walt Disney Studios has announced that Academy Award-winning actor Ben Kingsley will be lending his voice to Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book as Mowgli’s guardian panther, Bagheera.
Kingsley won the Best Actor Oscar for playing the lead in the biopic Gandhi. More recently, he worked for Disney as The Mandarin in Iron Man 3 and returned to the role for the Marvel One-Shot All Hail the King.
Favreau directs The Jungle Book from a script by Justin Marks. A remake of Disney’s animated classic, Favreau’s Jungle Book will be a mix of live action and animation.
The Jungle Book comes to theaters October 9, 2015.