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Benedict Cumberbatch to voice tiger in ‘Jungle Book’

Benedict Cumberbatch to voice tiger in ‘Jungle Book’

'THE JUNGLE BOOK:' Benedict Cumberbatch will lend his voice to the classic tale. Photo: Associated Press

Idris Elba has got some fierce competition as he prepares to voice tiger Shere Khan in one of two new movie adaptation of “The Jungle Book” – fellow Brit Benedict Cumberbatch will play the big bad cat in the other.

The “Sherlock” star has just signed on for Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s beloved adventure tale, which “Lord of the Rings” star Andy Serkis will direct, using the latest motion capture technology.

Jon Favreau will take charge of the rival Disney live-action/animation project production, which features the voices of Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Sir Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken and Lupita Nyong’o.

The Disney film is expected to hit cinemas first, in October, 2015.

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