Benedict Cumberbatch to voice Shere Khan in Andy Serkis' Jungle Book movie
Story by Jack Foley
BENEDICT Cumberbatch is to voice to voice the man-eating tiger Shere Khan in a new version of The Jungle Book.
The film, which marks the directorial debut of Andy Serkis, is based on Rudyard Kipling’s books of the same name but seeks to tap into the darker elements of the story.
It will once again focus on on Mowgli, an orphaned boy who is raised by wolves and who befriends Baloo the bear and Bagheera the black panther.
The tiger Shere Khan is a lifelong enemy of Mowgli’s, with each vowing to slay the other.
The book has been adapted for the screen by Callie Kloves, daughter of the film’s producer Steve Kloves (of Harry Potter fame).
Cumberbatch has previously worked with Serkis on The Hobbit movies. He will shortly be seen lending his voice to the dragon Smaug in the final part of Peter Jackson’s trilogy. Prior to that, however, he will be seen playing code breaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, which was recently announced as the opening film of this year’s London Film Festival (it debuts at Toronto).
Serkis’ Jungle Book is competing against Disney’s latest adaptation, which is already fully cast and which sees Chef‘s Jon Favreau directing. Idris Elba is voicing Shere Kahn in that version.