Warner Bros. has chosen Benedict Cumberbatch to voice Shere Khan, the deadly tiger in the upcoming film ‘The Jungle Book’. The new adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling’s famous novel of the same name already has some competition, as in another Jungle Book movie from Disney.
This version will be directed by Andy Serkis, the motion capture expert that brought to life the characters of Gollum in Lord of the Rings, and Caesar in ‘Planet of the Apes’. This will be his first major-film in the director’s chair. THR was the first to report the news.
The roles of Mowgli, the orphaned boy raised by a pack of wolves in the jungles of India, Baloo the bear and Bagheera the black panther have not been cast at this time.
The script for this adaptation is from Callie Kloves.
This is not to be confused (though it will be) with the Jon Favreau film from Disney that is also in the works and is also based on ‘The Jungle Book’. That film has Idris Elba as Shere Kahn, Bill Murray as Baloo and Ben Kingsley as the black panther.