Idris Elba to voice tiger Shere Khan in ‘Jungle Book’ reboot

'Luther' actor will lend his gravelly tones to live-action film

Idris Elba will voice the dangerous tiger Shere Khan in the upcoming reboot of The Jungle Book, according to reports.

Deadline says that Elba has signed on to take part in the live-action film. Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Cowboys & Aliens) will direct, while a script is being written by Justin Marks.

Elba rose to prominence for his portrayal of calculating drug kingpin Stringer Bell in HBO’s The Wire and has also won acclaim for his titular role as the tough London cop in the BBC series Luther. Over the past several years he has been branching out into Hollywood with roles in films such as Thor: The Dark World and Prometheus, and most recently starred in the Nelson Mandela biopic Long Walk To Freedom.

There have also been persistent rumours that Elba will take over as James Bond when Daniel Craig gives up the role of Britain’s most famous secret agent, but in November last year, Elba suggested that he had not been approached about the possibility of leading the franchise.