Benedict Cumberbatch Will Play Shere Khan in Other ‘Jungle Book’ Movie

Benedict Cumberbatch will play the tiger-villain Shere Khan in the other Jungle Book adaptation currently in the works—this one directed by Andy Serkis. As you may recall, Disney and Jon Favreau are also working on a live-action adaptation of the classic Rudyard Kipling book with its own impressive cast: Idris Elba (Shere Khan), Bill Murray (Baloo), Lupita Nyong’o (Raksha), Scarlett Johansson (Kaa), Giancarlo Esposito (Akela), Christopher Walken (King Louie) and Ben Kingsley (Bagheera). This isn’t the first time Cumberbatch and Serkis have worked together: Serkis (Gollum) and Cumberbatch (Smaug) both appeared in The Hobbit trilogy via motion-capture performances …

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