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Bill Murray to Voice Baloo in Disney’s The Jungle Book

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Jason LaVeris—WireImage Actor Bill Murray poses in the press room at the 86th annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

The actor joins Christopher Walken, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson and others for the 2015 film

The Jungle Book has found its Baloo.

Disney announced that Bill Murray will voice the beloved bear in its upcoming adaptation of the classic Rudyard Kipling story, Deadline reports.

The announcement follows last week’s news that Christopher Walken and Breaking Bad‘s Giancarlo Esposito will provide the voices for ape ruler King Louie and wolf leader Akela, respectively.

Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o, Ben Kingsley and Idris Elba are also on board for the film, a mixture of CGI and live-action footage that will hit theaters on Oct. 9, 2015. While those stars will voice some of the story’s beloved characters, 10-year-old Neel Sethi, who plays Mowgli, will be the only actor to appear on screen.


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