Tuesday 20 February 2018

Elba excited about Jungle Book role

Idris Elba is to voice tiger Shere Khan in a new Jungle Book film
Idris Elba is to voice tiger Shere Khan in a new Jungle Book film

Idris Elba has revealed that lending his voice to The Jungle Book is "massive" for him.

The Luther star will voice man-eating tiger Shere Khan in Disney's upcoming live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic tale, which is being directed by Jon Favreau and written by Justin Marks.

"It is massive. I love that film and it's nice to be part of the modern vision," he said.

Idris, who played Heimdall in the Thor films and the late South African leader Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, is looking forward to merely using his voice to portray the character.

"You don't have your face to tell the story so have to find different ways to use your voice," he added.

Lupita Nyong'o and Scarlett Johansson are said to be in talks to join the 41-year-old in The Jungle Book, which is a remake of the much-loved 1967 animated Disney film.

Idris, who became a dad for the second time when girlfriend Naiyana Garth gave birth to their son Winston on April 19, is also excited to be doing more work behind the cameras.

"I'm directing something at the end of this year so (I'm) in preparation for doing that," he said.

"My production company's busy at the moment and it's a new existence for me because it's not about me being in front of the camera. It's about me creating opportunities to develop ideas with other people, which is great. I'm loving that."

:: Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom is out on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD now. The Jungle Book will be released in October 2015.

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