It seems like Benedict Cumberbatch likes being a bad, bad, boy. From outer space to middle earth to…the jungle? That’s right, Warner Brothers‘ Pictures has announced that Cumberbatch will voice the evil tiger, Shere Khan, in their adaptation of the 1894 sinister short stories of Rudyard Kipling.
The Jungle Book rose to fame when Disney first animated it in 1967 and has been a classic movie for generations. The story centers around Mowgli, an orphan boy raised by wolves, who befriends a panther and a bear (among other species), and has an epic adventure trying to avoid the man-eating tiger set on hunting him down.
You may not be aware of this yet, but we’re on track to see two new versions of the The Jungle Book hit screens in the near future. Disney is battling Warner Brothers’ for a who’s who in the wild jungle of Hollywood. Disney has Idris Elba (The Wire) as Shere Khan with Jon Favreau in the directors seat against Cumberbatch’s Khan and Andy Serkis (GOLLUM!) making his directorial debut.
So who do you think will come out on top in the battle of Elba/Favreau vs. Cumberbatch/Serkis?
P.S. Anyone else find it ironic that a fire-breathing dragon is transitioning into a man-eating tiger afraid of fire? “Oh, please don’t insult my intelligence. It makes me irritable.” – Shere Khanberbatch