He Can’t Be Tamed: Benedict Cumberbatch joins ‘Jungle Book’ as Shere Kahn

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Whether it’s him or just his voice, we just can’t get enough of Benedict Cumberbatch, and we are sure a lot of you agree.

In addition to seeing him soon in The Imitation Game and listening his voice once more on The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and Penguins of Madagascar, we will get yet another Cumberbatch voice dose in the near future with  Jungle Book.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic will have Cumberbatch voicing the villain, Shere Kahn: the man-eating tiger who is a long-time enemy of Mowgli. Cumberbatch is the very first actor to be cast for this film.

Jungle Book is Andy Serkis directorial debut and it will take a darker lead, more based on the short stories written by Kipling, far from what Disney once showed us.
Speaking of Disney, Warner’s adaptation will compete with another Disney adaptation of this story, with Jon Favreau as director and Idris Elba voicing Shere Kahn.

Jungle Book marks the writing debut of Callie Kloves with Steve Kloves producing the film.

If Benedict has the power to turn Smaug into something strangely seductive yet extremely dangerous and deadly with just his voice, I can’t imagine what he will bring to Shere Kahn! Add Andy Serkis magic to it, and we will have one hell of an incredible film.

Please keep the villainous roles coming, Benedict, we love them!

 

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