Bill Murray tapped to voice Baloo in Disney's 'The Jungle Book'

By Kyle Johnson,

Bill Murray has joined the ever growing cast of Disney's live-action/CG film The Jungle Book, which boasts a large cast of beloved actors.

Murray will lend his voice to the role of Baloo the bear, E! News reports, who was well-known in the classic film as Mowgli's very-relaxed pal.

The casting comes only a few days after Christopher Walken was cast to voice the leader of a group of apes and monkeys in the jungle, King Louie.

The Jon Favreau-directed project, not to be confused with the Andy Serkis-led one in production and due out in 2016, features several other well-known veteran actors, like Ben Kinglsey and Scarlett Johansson, who are on board to voice Bagheera and Kaa, respectively.

Luther star Idris Elba will play Shere Khan, Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o is Raksha and Breaking Bad alum Giancarlo Esposito is Akela.

The only live-action role in the film will be played by 10-year-old newcomer Neel Sethi, who will play the lead role of Mowgli.

The Jungle Book is due out in theaters Oct. 9, 2015.

image courtesy of INFphoto.com

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