– by Joseph Jammer Medina

While there are a great number of blockbusters hitting theaters this year that I’m looking forward to, perhaps the biggest surprise comes in the form of THE JUNGLE BOOK. It’s a story we’ve seen before, and while I’ve loved both the animated version, and the live-action version from the 1990s, it’s not really a franchise that fans have been hungry to see more of. Even when Jon Favreau signed on to direct, I was lukewarm at best on the whole idea of it.

Fast forward to now, and I have to say that it’s worked its way up to being perhaps one of the most anticipated of the year. Between its groundbreaking visual effects and its loving nods to the original animated film, it seems poised to be a great time at the theaters. We’re less than a month away, and while we still have BATMAN v SUPERMAN to get through before its release, Disney has begun working its marketing magic.

The latest comes in the form of a series of tweets. In these tweets, the actors who play the voices of the animals in the film pose next to their respective characters.

Take a look below!

Bill Murray will voice Baloo the bear, Christopher Walken will take on the role of King Louie, the ruler of a troop of monkeys and apes, while Giancarlo Esposito will voice Akela, the leader of the wolf pack. With Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, and Scarlett Johansson as Kaa. The film also marks the debut of newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli, who will be the only actor to physically appear on screen.

What do you think of these photos? Let us know in the comments below!

THE JUNGLE BOOK hits theaters on April 15, 2016.

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SOURCE: The Jungle Book 

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.