“Jungle Book” To Feature Idris As Tiger

In the race to get “The Jungle Book” to the screen, Disney has taken the lead, with Idris Elba in final negotiations to voice star as the tiger Shere Khan in Jon Favreau’s take on Rudyard Kipling‘s classic tale. God — and others — know that I love Idris, but for me the voice of George Sanders as Khan in the 1967 version will always remain the gold standard. Or maybe I’m prejudiced because Sanders played the most acidly sophisticated man in the history of movies (Addison DeWitt in “All About Eve“) and, when he committed suicide, in 1972, left a note saying he had done so because he “was bored.”

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