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Ben Kingsley Cast as Voice of 'Bagheera' in Disney's THE JUNGLE BOOK

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Ben Kingsley Cast as Voice of 'Bagheera' in Disney's THE JUNGLE BOOK

Academy Award-winning actor Ben Kingsley has been cast as the voice of Bagheera in Disney's upcoming The Jungle Book. Directed by Jon Favreau from a script by Justin Marks, The Jungle Book combines live action and animated filmmaking. The Jungle Book arrives in theaters in 3D on October 9, 2015.

Directed by Jon Favreau from a script by Justin Marks, The Jungle Book will combine live action and animated filmmaking. It arrives in theaters in 3D on October 9, 2015.

Idris Elba is voicing the tiger Shere Khan, Scarlett Johansson is the voice of the python Kaa, and Lupita Nyong'o will voice Rakcha, Mowgli's adopted wolf mother.

Kingsley has won anOscar, Grammy, BAFTA, two Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild awards. He is known for his starring role as Mohandas Gandhi in the 1982 film Gandhi, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. He is also known for his performances in the films Schindler's List (1993), Sexy Beast (2000), Lucky Number Slevin (2006), Shutter Island (2010), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010), Hugo (2011), and Iron Man 3(2013). In 2013 he received the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles 'Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Filmed Entertainment.'

Kingsley was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2000, and was made a Knight Bachelor by Queen Elizabeth II in 2002. In 2010, Kingsley was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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