The Jungle Book Movie
Opens April 15, 2016 in Theaters
Hollywood Red Carpet Event
Live April 4, 2016
We will kick of our journey with Q&A session with the Director of Content and Creative Relations at Dolby Laboratories Mr. Stuart Bowling. Follow the conversation on Twitter with these hashtags –> #JungleBookEvent, #DolbyCinema and #ShareAMC!
Beyond excitement, as we are going to interview and have some true insights into how the movie was made, directed and brought to life. Look who we are meeting in a nice and private Press Junket Interview!
Not to miss a thing, check out live threads of conversation with Jon Favreau, Director of the movie; Neel Sethi, who plays Mowgli; Lupita Nyong’o, voice of Raksha; Giancarlo Esposito, voice of Akela. The ensemble of the creative team and actors and actresses is stupendous! We are having once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet these people and ask them questions. It will be a phenomenal time of our lives!
Jon Favreau, Director of The Jungle Book
Neel Sethi, Mowgli
Sir Ben Kingsley, the Voice of Bagheera
Bagheera is a sleek panther who feels it’s his duty to help the man-cub depart with dignity when it’s time for him to leave his jungle home.
“Bagheera is Mowgli’s adoptive parent,” says Ben Kingsley, who lends his voice to Bagheera. “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.”
Sir Ben Kingsley is an Academy Award winning actor and has starred in such classic films like GANDHI, BUGSY, SCHINDLER’S LIST, HUGO, IRON MAN 3 and HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG.
Lupita Nyong’o, the Voice of Raksha
Lupita Nyong’o voices Raksha, a mother wolf who cares deeply for all of her pups–including man-cub Mowgli, whom she adopts as one of her own when he’s abandoned in the jungle as an infant.
“She is the protector, the eternal mother,” says Nyong’o. “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.”
— Lupita Nyong’o (@Lupita_Nyongo) March 17, 2016
Lupita won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for playing “Patsey” in 12 YEARS A SLAVE and played “Maz Kanata” in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Next up she stars in the Walt Disney Studios film QUEEN OF KATWE.
Giancarlo Esposito, the Voice of Akela
Akela is the strong and hardened alpha-male wolf who shoulders the responsibility of his pack. He welcomes Mowgli to the family, but worries he may one day compromise their safety.
“Akela is a fierce patriarch of the wolf pack,” says Giancarlo Esposito, who voices the character. “He believes the strength of the pack lies in what each and every wolf offers. He’s a great leader, a wise teacher.”
Giancarlo stars at the “Magic Mirror” on ABC’s ONCE UPON A TIME and was nominated for an Emmy for his role on BREAKING BAD.
As a special treat we will be on the set as Disney’s Walk the Prank programming is being filmed. It’s all about practical jokes done with good humor. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook by typing a hashtag #WalkThePrank.
Walk The Prank Premieres April 6, 2016
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Note: I have been invited by Disney to cover the press junket for The Jungle Book and Walk The Prank. All opinions are my own.