Published: Monday March 10, 2014 MYT 10:30:00 AM
Updated: Monday March 10, 2014 MYT 11:06:55 AM

Idris Elba might play 'Jungle Book' tiger

The actor is most likely to voice the menacing tiger in Disney’s live-action remake of the classic cartoon.

Move over, Richard Parker! Disney has found the perfect actor to voice the killer tiger Shere Khan in Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book, as Idris Elba is nearing a deal to star in the live-action movie, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.

Disney’s Jungle Book movie, which was written by Justin Marks, will be a mix of live-action and VFX. The studio is in a race with Warner Bros to bring Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale to the big screen. WB’s project suffered a setback when Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu bowed out.

Jungle Book follows Mowgli, a young orphan raised in the jungle by wild animals. Shere Khan is the tiger who stalks the boy and decides to kill him when he becomes a threat.

Elba, who recently played Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, is preparing to star in Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts Of No Nation. The news was first reported by Deadline. — Reuters

Tags / Keywords: Entertainment, Idris Elba, Cartoon, Remake, Film, Actor, Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book, Mowgli, Shere Khan


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