Benedict Cumberbatch to voice Shere Khan in The Jungle Book

News Simon Brew 20 Aug 2014 - 06:27

The voice of Benedict Cumberbatch is being lent to Andy Serkis' upcoming film of The Jungle Book...

There are, as you may already know, two new films of The Jungle Book currently in the works. One of them is being directed by Jon Favreau for Disney, and we'll get to see that first. It's due in 2015. Warner Bros, however, has its own take on the story coming, that Andy Serkis is making his directorial debut with.

Working from a script from Callie Kloves, Serkis' film isn't quite as far along the casting process as Favreau's. However, he's landed a useful name to voice the villanous tiger, Shere Khan.

Benedict Cumberbatch, who's also lent his voice to the upcoming The Penguins Of Madagascar, is to take on the role. Again, it's his voice that's being used, although given Serkis' beliefs on performance capture, it's likely that he'll at least have to wear some ping pong balls at some point. Idris Elba, incidentally, is Favreau's Shere Khan.

We'll keep you posted as we hear more on the competing Jungle Books...

THR.

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