Bill Murray to voice Baloo in `Jungle Book`

Los Angeles: `Ghostbusters` actor Bill Murray has been roped into lend his voice to Baloo, the friendly bear in Disney`s `Jungle Book`.

The movie to be directed by Jon Favreau, who will adapt Rudyard Kipling`s classic story, reportedly.

The Mouse House has locked October 9, 2015 as a release date for their Mowgli movie. Neel Sethi will play the titular kid, while big names like Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong`o, and Christopher Walken are among the voice cast members.

Warner Bros, meanwhile, plans to release their `Jungle Book` film a year later on October 21, 2016 to be exact.

Andy Serkis will serve behind the lens and Steve Cloves (`Harry Potter` movies) has written the screenplay with his daughter Callie. No actor is signed on for the project.

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