Idris Elba to Voice Shere Khan in Disney & Jon Favreau's 'Jungle Book'
by Ethan Anderton
March 6, 2014
After piloting a giant robot in Pacific Rim, fighting Dark Elves in Thor: The Dark World and fighting apartheid in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, British actor Idris Elba is heading into the jungle. Deadline has word that Elba is in final talks to take on the role of the villainous tiger Shere Khan in Disney's new adaptation of The Jungle Book from Iron Man director Jon Favreau. It is said that Elba will "perform the role and provide the voice" so it sounds like there will be some motion capture used on this film to have human actors play the animals, much like Andy Serkis has done Rise of the Planet of the Apes or King Kong.
Benedict Cumberbatch also did something similar by doing motion-capture and voice work to bring the dragon Smaug to life in the second installment of The Hobbit. Elba certainly has the perfect voice to bring the tiger to life, and he's already gone dark in the special effects heavy Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, so this shouldn't be hard for him. Deadline also notes that Rob Legato (Hugo, Titanic) will be doing the visual effects on the film, with the help of Man of Steel production designer Alex McDowell and concept artists Michael Kutsche (Alice in Wonderland), Justin Sweet (Chronicles of Narnia) and Iain McCaig (Star Wars). Disney is certainly getting a hell of a team together behind this film as they rush to beat Warner Bros. competing Jungle Book film to theaters. Cool?