Benedict Cumberbatch to Voice Shere Khan in Jungle Book: Origins

Posted by at 12:25 pm on August 19, 2014

Benedict CumberbatchBenedict Cumberbatch has come on board Warner Bros.’ live-action version of “Jungle Book: Origins” as the voice of the villainous tiger Shere Khan.

The studio recently dated “Jungle Book: Origins” for Oct. 21, 2016 — a year and a week after Disney’s rival project opens.

Andy Serkis will direct along with producing with “Harry Potter” scribe Steve Kloves and Jonathan Cavendish, Serkis’ partner at his London-based production company The Imaginarium. Callie Kloves wrote the adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling stories about a young boy raised by wolves.

Disney’s own “Jungle Book” opens Oct. 9, 2015, with Jon Favreau directing and Idris Elba voicing the evil tiger. Kipling’s original stories were published in 1894 and are in the public domain.

The casting of Cumberbatch is the first for “Jungle Book: Origins.” It is the first feature directing gig for Serkis, although the actor was a second unit director on two of Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” movies.

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