In "Pacific Rim," a score-settling Idris Elba demonstrated he has the eye of the tiger. Now he'll show that he has the voice of one as well.
The 41-year-old London-born actor is in final negotiations to provide the voice of the fearsome feline Shere Khan in Disney's live-action adaptation of the classic Rudyard Kipling tale "The Jungle Book," according to Deadline Hollywood.
Elba, who has earned strong reviews as the leading man in the biopic "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" and the BBC crime series "Luther," has a sonorous voice and sly sensibility that would seem well suited to Shere Khan, the man-eating tiger memorably voiced by George Sanders in Disney's 1967 animated version.
The book tells the story of an orphan boy raised in the jungle by wild animals who also faces off with the dangerous beast.