Hot on the heels of playing Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lupita Nyongo is lending her voice to the animated adventure The Jungle Book. In the Jon Favreau directed film, Nyongo voices the character of Raksha, and we sat down with her and Giancarlo Esposito, who plays Akela, to talk about bringing her character to life.
“She is grand,” said Nyong’o, about the mother wolf who raises Mowgli as one of her own. “To see her hair move and the way she interacts with Mowgli, I mean the technology in this is just insane, she’s insanely beautiful, and she feels real and she’s cuddly.”
And while audiences will love Raksha they also won’t be able to get enough of Neel Sethi, the 10 year-old New York native, who plays Mowgli in the film. Check out what he had to say about the film and working with director Jon Favreau.
The Jungle Book is in theaters April 15.
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