British star Idris Elba, who recently portrayed Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
, is set to voice Shere Khan in an upcoming reboot of The Jungle Book.
The 41-year-old 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.
The 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.