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Idris Elba to voice Shere Khan in Disney remake of The Jungle Book

Hackney-born actor in final talks over role in Jon Favreau's live-action/CGI take on Rudyard Kipling's 1894 fable

Idris Elba is in final talks to provide the gruff yet mellifluous tones of the tiger Shere Khan in Disney's remake of classic animation The Jungle Book, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Iron Man director Jon Favreau's live-action/CGI take on Rudyard Kipling's 1894 fable is one of two competing versions proposed by Hollywood. Rival studio Warner Bros has tapped Oscar-winner Ron Howard to direct a separate project based on a screenplay by Harry Potter stalwart Steve Kloves.

Disney is also said to be looking for a mixed-race actor to play Mowgli, the boy raised by wolves in the jungles of central India. The studio will focus on the Kipling story Mowgli's Brothers. Other fables by the writer, such as the story of heroic mongoose Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and the tale of elephant handler Toomai,

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