Per The Hollywood Reporter, Benedict Cumberbatch has signed on to The Jungle Book as the voice of Shere Khan, the man-eating tiger who serves as Mowgli’s adversary. This Warner Bros. adaptation isn’t the only Jungle Book that’s in production, as director Jon Favreau is on board Disney’s version of The Jungle Book.
The Warner Bros. film will be directed by Andy Serkis, whose motion capture work as Gollum and Caesar should lend itself well to the ambitious rendering of Rudyard Kipling’s classic. Both Serkis and Cumberbatch worked together on The Hobbit pictures.
Cumberbatch, who was seen last year in Star Trek Into Darkness, is known as a nattily dressed individual. He explains in the following audio clip why he has an affinity for Spencer Hart’s sense of style, especially when it comes to Savile Row suits.