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Lupita Nyong'o & Scarlett Johnasson Tapped For 'Jungle Book'

Noelle Talmon Noelle Talmon
April 24th, 2014 1:00pm EDT

Lupita Nyong'o

People magazine's "Most Beautiful" woman, Lupita Nyong'o, and Scarlett Johansson are close to signing on to the new "Jungle Book" movie.

Nyong'o is tapped to play Rakcha, a mother wolf who adopts lead character Mowgli, while Johansson is in talks for the role of Kaa, a python who hypnotizes her prey. Idris Elba will voice the villainous tiger Shere Khan.

The Disney film, a mix of live action and CGI, will be directed by Jon Faveau, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Warner Bros. also has a "Jungle Book" film in development starring Andy Serkis.

Nyong'o, 31, was raised in Kenya. The Hollywood newcomer won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in 2013's "12 Years A Slave."

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