‘The Jungle Book’ Clip Introduces Idris Elba’s Shere Khan

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Walt Disney Pictures has released the first clip from The Jungle Book, giving us a look at a scene that places the character of Shere Khan front and centre.

Idris Elba has been putting that great voice to good use lately, working with Disney as the voice of Chief Bogo in Zootopia and providing the voice for a yet-unknown character in the upcoming Finding Dory. Here he voices Shere Khan, the fearsome tiger determined to rid the jungle of Mowgli (Neel Sethi), a human boy being raised by wolves. But, as is made clear in the clip below, Shere may have reason for disliking humans so much.

Jon Fravreau (Iron Man) certainly looks to have crafted a good-looking picture here, but it remains to be seen if the script is on par with the visuals. We’re very interested to see what materialises, and even more interested to see how it compares to Jungle Book: Origins, the upcoming Warner Bros. version directed by motion-capture king Andy Serkis. That one hits the U.S. on October 6, 2017.

Disney’s The Jungle Book, also featuring Bill Murray as Baloo, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha, Giancarlo Esposito as Akela, Christopher Walken as King Louie, and Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, will open in the U.S. on April 15, 2016.

Synopsis for The Jungle Book:

Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire.

The all-star cast also includes Lupita Nyong’o as the voice of the fiercely protective mother wolf Raksha, and Giancarlo Esposito as the voice of wolf pack’s alpha male Akela. “The Jungle Book” seamlessly blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world. The wild adventure swings into theaters in 3D on April 15, 2016.

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