Actually, make that, “Shere Khaaaaaaaan!”
Okay, okay, so Benedict Cumberbatch isn’t exactly reprising his “Star Trek Into Darkness” Khan at this point in time. But he is lending his impressive vocal talents to the upcoming Warner Bros. adaptation of “The Jungle Book” playing — you guessed it — the villainous tiger Shere Khan. You know, this guy:
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed Cumberbatch’s casting on August 19, and the headlines essentially wrote themselves since, you know, Khan. The film will be directed by the motion capture god among men Andy Serkis, and is based on Rudyard Kipling’s short stories that were famously adapted by Disney in 1967.
Interestingly enough, another sexy Brit — Idris Elba — will also voice Shere Khan in a competing Jon Favreau film that is already fully cast. What’s also interesting is that Cumberbatch’s version of the talking, man-eating tiger is actually an engineered super-tiger who initially went by the name of John Harrison.