Idris Elba to voice tiger in Jungle Book remake

Actor Idris Elba will be the voice of tiger Shere Khan in a live-action remake of 'The Jungle Book, directed by Jon Favreau

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Idris Elba will voice tiger Shere Khan in a remake of 'The Jungle Book'.

The 41-year-old actor, who recently played the late Nelson Mandela in 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom', has signed up to Disney's live-action take of the classic children's film.

According to Deadline, the star, who has also appeared in 'Thor: The Dark World', is in final negotiations to perform the role and provide the voice of the animal, who stalks young Mowgli after deciding to kill him before he becomes too much of a threat.

The movie will be a mix of live action and VFX that is being overseen by Oscar-winner, Rob Legato, who has worked on 'Avatar', 'The Wolf Of Wall Street', 'Hugo' and 'Titanic'.

Production designers Alex McDowell ('Man Of Steel', 'Rise Of The Guardians') and Chris Glass will lead a team of concept artists and the story team is headed by 'Iron Man's' David Lowery, who's working with seven illustrators.

Disney is in a race with Warner Bros on versions of Rudyard Kipling's famous title and the rival project is still searching for a director after Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu dropped out of the project.

Meanwhile, Elba, who has become an in-demand star in the past year, will also soon appear in the Cary Fukunaga-directed 'Beasts Of No Nation'.

The Jungle Book

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 106 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Jon Favreau
  • Written by: Justin Marks (screenplay), Rudyard Kipling
  • Cast: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken
  • UK release: 15 April 2016

You know the story: boy (Sethi) left in woods, adopted by wolves (Nyong'o and Esposito), mentored by panther (Kingsley), befriended by bear (Murray), hunted by tiger (Elba, terrifying). Favreau and his team successfully retool the story with stunning CGI, and a script with heart, soul and spirit. A feelgood delight.

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