If you're feeling the Baloo Blues while awaiting this year's The Jungle Book to hit theaters, the good news is you only have a month left to wait. Jon Favreau's version only features one human actor in the entire film, Neel Sethi as Mowgli, who will be interacting with CG animals voiced by a group of insanely talented actors.
To help pacify our animalistic cravings, Disney has gifted us some stunning pictures of the voice cast alongside their characters from the film. Each actor has also given a description of their characters' personality.
Idris Elba — Shere Khan
"Shere Khan reigns with fear. He terrorizes everyone he encounters because he comes from a place of fear.”
Lupita Nyong'o — Raksha
“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.”
Scarlett Johansson — Kaa
“Kaa seduces and entraps Mowgli with her storytelling. She’s the mirror into Mowgli’s past. The way she moves is very alluring, almost coquettish.”
Christopher Walken — King Louie
“King Louie is huge — 12 feet tall. But he’s as charming as he is intimidating when he wants to be.”
Giancarlo Esposito — Akela
“Akela is a fierce patriarch of the wolf pack. He believes the strength of the pack lies in what each and every wolf offers. He’s a great leader, a wise teacher.”
Ben Kingsley — Bagheera
“Bagheera is Mowgli’s adoptive parent. His role in Mowgli’s life is to educate, to protect and to guide. My Bagheera was military — he’s probably a colonel. He is instantly recognizable by the way he talks, how he acts and what his ethical code is.”
The Jungle Book hits theaters on April 15, so put on some leopard-print pants and get ready to sing "The Bare Necessities."