The Jungle Book is a timeless and classic Disney movie. Before getting the Disney treatment, though, the story was a wildly popular book by Rudyard Kipling. Now that the book has reached public domain (which occurs once a title is 100 years old), it’s available for anyone to recreate and reinvent for the big screen. For this reason, Disney will be in a race to create their live-action remake of The Jungle Book with Paramount Pictures. The more news available for the film means Disney is one step closer to finally bringing the film to the big screen. With Jon Favreau already on board to direct the film, Disney landed the actor to fill its primary villain, ‘Shere Khan.’
Idris Elba (“Heimdel” in Thor 2: The Dark World and the title role in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) is set to provide the voice for the dangerous tiger and will act out the main role through VFX. VFX is the technology used in films like Avatar to create a a life-like animation to non-human characters. With a star-studded cast signed on to make the film, this one is sure to be a huge box office hit. We’ll let you know more as it unfolds, but this casting, in our opinion, is a genius move. Elba’s rich, baritone voice will provide a smooth and scary recreation for one of Disney’s top villains.