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Idris Elba to Voice Tiger Shere Khan in Jon Favreau's 'Jungle Book'

March 7, 2014 (4:36 am) GMT
The Nelson Mandela depicter is in talks to provide the roar of the tiger king in Disney's live-action adaptation of Mowgli's adventurous tale.
Idris Elba to Voice Tiger Shere Khan in Jon Favreau's 'Jungle Book'

The first cast member for Disney's take on Rudyard Kipling's classic tale "" is revealed. "" actor is in final negotiations to lend his voice to Shere Khan, the famous tiger in Mowgli's story.

is attached to direct the upcoming adaptation. Deadline learns that the visual effects of the live-action movie will be overseen by Oscar-winning Rob Legato ("", "", "" and "").

Justin Marks ("") is expected to write the script. The Mouse House plans to release the movie across the country on October 9, 2015. They are on a fast track to keep up with rival project developed by Warner Bros.

WB is still looking for a director after Alejandro Gonzalez left due to scheduling conflicts. Ron Howard ("", "") is tipped to sit behind the lens, but no official confirmation has been made.

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