Murray will voice the role of Baloo in the new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic tales
Bill Murray will sing ‘The Bare Necessities’ in Disney’s new adaptation of The Jungle Book, the film’s director has revealed.
Ten-year-old newcomer Neel Sethi will be the film’s only live-action actor, playing Mowgli alongside a menagerie of performance capture animals voiced by Murray (Baloo the bear), Idris Elba (villainous tiger Shere Kahn), Lupita N’yongo (mother wolf Rakcha), Christopher Walken (ape King Louis), Scarlett Johansson (python Kaa) and Ben Kingsley (black panther Bagheera).
Although the new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic tales won’t be a musical, director Jon Favreau (Iron Man 3) has told Entertainment Weekly that he has tried “to work in the more memorable moments” from Disney’s classic 1967 animated version of The Jungle Book, including Baloo and Mowgli’s much-loved rendition of ‘The Bare Necessities’.
Asked if this means Murray will take on the classic song – which has been covered by artists as diverse as Brian Wilson, Bowling for Soup and Julie Andrews – Favreau replied in the affirmative, saying: “How do you not do that?”
Meanwhile, Favreau has also shared a picture of Murray in the recording studio laying down music for the movie with renowned jazz trumpeter Kermit Ruffins.
The Jungle Book is set to open in cinemas on October 9 next year.