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Idris Elba was perfectly cast in Disney's live action Jungle Book

03.06.2014

When I got the email in my inbox that Idris Elba was just hired for a part in Disney’s THE JUNGLE BOOK, I immediately in my head said “Shere Khan.” When I clicked over to the site, there it was…

Idris Elba is in final negotiations to perform the role and provide the voice of the killer tiger Shere Khan in Disney’s live-action take on The Jungle Book.”

My eyes got wide, and I was immediately super excited. How perfect is this?! I’m devastated I didn’t come up with this idea so I could selfishly take credit for it. Elba will get to put his fantastic voice to the tiger who spends his time in story stalking Mowgli. The film directed by Jon Favreau will be both live-action and VFX. Warner Bros. are also trying to get a competition JUNGLE BOOK flick off the ground because of this Disney is on the fast track with theirs. Warner Bros. is still on the hunt for a director after Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu left the adaptation.

If you are worried about the VFX, you should know its in good hands. Rob Legato whose credits include AVATAR, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, HUGO, and TITANIC will be in charge.

Anyone else think this is perfect voice casting?

Source: Deadline

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12:35AM on 03/07/2014
"I ain't into that gangster bullshit no more"
"I ain't into that gangster bullshit no more"
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12:18AM on 03/07/2014
I think he's a perfect fit for the roll, but I just don't dig on Disney's current live action remakes of their animated classics phase.
I think he's a perfect fit for the roll, but I just don't dig on Disney's current live action remakes of their animated classics phase.
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1:13AM on 03/07/2014
Jungle Book is the creation of Rudyard Kipling, not Disney, although their animated version is a classic as it covered all the bear necessities :)
Jungle Book is the creation of Rudyard Kipling, not Disney, although their animated version is a classic as it covered all the bear necessities :)
2:53AM on 03/07/2014
Yes I understand that and Alice In Wonderland is by Lewis Carrol and Sleeping Beauty is a Brothers Grimm tale... that doesn't have anything to do with what I wrote.
Yes I understand that and Alice In Wonderland is by Lewis Carrol and Sleeping Beauty is a Brothers Grimm tale... that doesn't have anything to do with what I wrote.
11:01PM on 03/06/2014
As long as it's nothing like the last live action "Rudyard Kiplings Jungle Book" then I am game. Hopefully they make a live action/cgi "Little Mermaid" film soon. If done right and with a very large budget - it could turn out very interesting, different, and unique than any movie we have ever had.
As long as it's nothing like the last live action "Rudyard Kiplings Jungle Book" then I am game. Hopefully they make a live action/cgi "Little Mermaid" film soon. If done right and with a very large budget - it could turn out very interesting, different, and unique than any movie we have ever had.
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11:07PM on 03/06/2014
I'd be all for that. The Little Mermaid was a magical start to the Disney animated renaissance, even if watching it recently has forced me to re-evaluate my long-held notion of Ariel as my favourite Disney princess. Get a grip girl!
I'd be all for that. The Little Mermaid was a magical start to the Disney animated renaissance, even if watching it recently has forced me to re-evaluate my long-held notion of Ariel as my favourite Disney princess. Get a grip girl!
10:32PM on 03/06/2014

nice casting

you've got my attention now Disney
you've got my attention now Disney
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9:33PM on 03/06/2014
Wow directed by favreau and idris as kahn! This will be good! I can hear in my head how Kahn sounds in the animated Disney film. It will be interesting to hear how Kahn will sound with idris.
Wow directed by favreau and idris as kahn! This will be good! I can hear in my head how Kahn sounds in the animated Disney film. It will be interesting to hear how Kahn will sound with idris.
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9:02PM on 03/06/2014
Yeah. Elba is perfect casting in most films.

How about Liam Neeson lends his voice to this film?
Yeah. Elba is perfect casting in most films.

How about Liam Neeson lends his voice to this film?
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8:27PM on 03/06/2014
Oh yes. Pi wouldn't have lasted a half second if Richard Parker was voiced by Idris Elba.
Oh yes. Pi wouldn't have lasted a half second if Richard Parker was voiced by Idris Elba.
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8:16PM on 03/06/2014
I was wondering how this movie was going to be different from the 90's live action Sommer's movie (one of my childhood favorites which I wish Disney would release on Blu-ray already). I guess now I know, the animals will talk. Good casting, but I have my doubts that this film will add anything interesting beyond what was already in the animated and live action films.
I was wondering how this movie was going to be different from the 90's live action Sommer's movie (one of my childhood favorites which I wish Disney would release on Blu-ray already). I guess now I know, the animals will talk. Good casting, but I have my doubts that this film will add anything interesting beyond what was already in the animated and live action films.
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8:14PM on 03/06/2014

Yay

Elba being cast in anything brings a smile to my face.
Elba being cast in anything brings a smile to my face.
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8:07PM on 03/06/2014

there have been weird and lame casting lately but...

This one just makes sense
This one just makes sense
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