Two of Hollywood's hottest actresses, Oscar winner
Nyong'o is in final negotiations to voice Raksha, a mother wolf who adopts the human orphan Mowgli, while Johansson is in earlier stages of talks to play the mesmerizing python Kaa, a secondary villain, the Reporter says.
Justin Marks wrote the script, and
If Nyong'o does end up taking the role, it would be her first since winning the Oscar for best supporting actress for her performance as the tortured field worker Patsey in the historical drama "12 Years a Slave." (She also had a supporting role in the
While she has been deliberate in choosing her next role, Nyong'o has been busy: She recently signed with Creative Artists Agency, became a brand ambassador for Lancome and was named People magazine's "most beautiful" person.
Johansson is on a hot streak of her own, coming off the futuristic romance
Disney isn't the only studio working on an adaptation of "The Jungle Book," which was published in 1894 and is now in the public domain.
The law of the jungle, after all, applies just as well to Hollywood.