According to Deadline, the super sexy and uber talented Idris Elba (“Luther,” Thor: The Dark World) is in final talks to not only provide the voice of Shere Khan in Disney’s live-action version of The Jungle Book, but it looks like he’ll be doing motion capture for the role, too.
In case you missed the news a few months ago, this Jon Favreau-directed film will be part live-action, part VFX, and the effects will be handled by Oscar winner Rob Legato (who won for his work on Hugo and Titanic). Combine THAT with David Lowery (Iron Man) working with seven full-time illustrators, Legacy Effects working on creature design/rigging, production designers Chris Glass and Man Of Steel‘s Alex McDowell and concept artists Michael Kutsche (Maleficent), Iain Craig (Star Wars) and Chronicles Of Narnia‘s Justin Sweet coming on board, and it sounds like Favreau’s building a heck of a team.
Warner Bros.’ own live action version of The Jungle Book lost its director when Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel, 21 Grams) left them, and though Ron Howard has his eye on that project to take over, Disney is taking advantage of the situation in order to try and get their film out first.
Whether he’s in “I wanna eat Mowgli” mode in 1967’s The Jungle Book (above) or as the suit-and-tie CEO of Shere Khan Industries (and boss of Baloo) in Disney’s “TaleSpin,” whoever voices Shere Khan has to have the stuff nightmares are made of with a soupçon of dry humor, and I believe Elba will fit that bill like a well-tailored jacket.
So, what do you think of this casting?
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