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Lupita Nyong’o to star in new animated film

Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o is set to star in a new Disney animated film The Jungle Book.

The movie will hit theatres in April 2016 and boasts a star-studded Hollywood cast.

Lupita plays the character Raksha, Idris Alba stars as Shere Khan, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, Christoper Walken as King Louie and newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli.

The partially-live-action movie is a remake of the classic 1967 Disney animated feature but has a new feel with the advancement of technology.

The movie revolves around an orphaned boy who lives in the jungle and is raised by a black panther, a pack of wolves and a bear.


Lupita’s character Raksha is a mother wolf who raises the young boy alongside her own newborn cubs.

The young boy adapts to jungle life as Raksha fearlessly protects the boy from lurking danger mostly from Shere Khan the tiger who is determined to devour him.

Other movies in the pipeline for Lupita include Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens which is set to be released in December and Queen of Katwe set to be released in 2016.

On Wednesday, she was splashed on the covers of Vogue, a fashion and lifestyle magazine for a second time under the banner: “La Femme Lupita: The Oscar winner sparkles from the New York stage to Star Wars”