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Benedict Cumberbatch to voice Shere Khan in 'Jungle Book: Origins'

The 'Sherlock' actor is to voice the villainous tiger in the Warner Bros adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's book

By Andrea Tim | Published: 22 Aug 2014

The other Shere Khan
Photo: Getty Images

Benedict Cumberbatch has given us all another reason (read: excuse) to melt at his bassy voice, having landed the voice role of Shere Khan in upcoming Warner Bros film, Jungle Book: Origins. No, he is not replacing Idris Elba – Benedict's Jungle Book is a completely different production, with first-time director Andy Serkis at the helm.

Harry Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves is producing the film, with his daughter, Callie Kloves, writing the script.

Idris' Shere Khan will appear in the 2015 Disney adaptation, which also stars Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong'o and Bill Murray as python Kaa, wolf mother Rakcha and bear Baloo respectively. Meanwhile, Jungle Book: Origins has yet to announce the rest of its cast.

Despite both films being scheduled for release a year apart, we're expecting a showdown – led by fans, no doubt – between Benedict and Idris, as they growl their menacing voices as the man-killing tiger. Benedict has already built a reputation as the chilling voice of Smaug in The Hobbit trilogy, so this ought to be very, very bad (in a good way).

We're not comparing or anything, but here are the two British hunks doing their thing.

Related: Bill Murray to voice Baloo in Disney's The Jungle Book remake
Related: Lupita Nyong'o and Scarlett Johansson in The Jungle Book


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