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Idris Elba to voice Shere Khan in The Jungle Book reboot

British star Idris Elba is set to voice the killer tiger in an upcoming reboot of The Jungle Book.

The actor is reportedly in final negotiations with Disney bosses to portray Shere Khan, the villainous jungle cat who is on the hunt for the story's protagonist Mowgli.

The film is a revamp of the beloved 1967 animated classic, which is based on Rudyard Kipling's book of the same name.

Iron Man director Jon Favreau is helming the project, which will combine live-action and visual effects in a similar vein to 2009's Avatar.

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