Christopher Walken can swing, which we all know.

But can he swing like King Louie?

Disney thinks so. The company announced Tuesday that Walken has joined the cast of its live action remake of "The Jungle Book."

The Oscar winner will play King Louie, who was voiced by Louis Prima in Disney's 1967 animated adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling classic.

Disney also announced Emmy nominee Giancarlo Esposito, who was the genie-turned-magic-mirror in Disney's "Once Upon A Time," will voice Akela, the leader of the wolf pack that adopts Mowgli (played by 10-year-old first-time actor Neel Sethi).

Disney already has a number of high profile actors signed up for the film, including Ben Kingsley (Bagheera the panther), Lupita Nyong'o (mother wolf Raksha), Idris Elba (Shere Khan the villainous tiger) and Scarlett Johansson as Kaa the snake. According to IMDB.com, Sethi will be the only actor to physically appear on-screen throughout the film.

Tony Hicks provides celebrity commentary for the Bay Area News Group. Contact him at Facebook.com/BayAreaNewsGroup.TonyHicks or Twitter.com/thicks67.



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