First Jungle Book Clip Unveils Idris Elba's Terrifying Shere Khan

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First Jungle Book Clip Unveils Idris Elba's Terrifying Shere Khan


The Beasts of No Nation star brings just the right amount of menace to the iconic role.

Jon Favreau's live-action adaptation of the Richard Kipling novel-turned-Disney-classic The Jungle Book is attempting an ambitious feat to put it lightly. Thus far, however, the reaction has been largely positive, thanks in no doubt to both the beautiful visuals on display in the TV spots [http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/142425-Jungle-Book-Trailer-Packs-Crazy-Visuals-Ridiculous-Narration] for the upcoming film and the incredible cast of voice talent Disney has been able to assemble.

Ben Kingsley, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong'o, BILL FREAKIN' MURRAY AND CHRISTOPHER FREAKIN' WALKEN...The Jungle Book is like a who's-who of Hollywood elite both young and old, and this morning, Disney offered us a first look at yet another one of its spot-on casting choices: Idris Elba as the evil Bengal tiger, Shere Khan.

"I can't help but notice there is a strange odor today," menaces Elba/Khan. "What is it, the scent that I'm on? I almost think it was some kind of...MAN-CUB."

Originally voiced by George Sanders, Elba's take on Khan definitely has a certain Scar-like quality to it, which should serve the role well given how similar the characters are on a base level. It's giving me the willies, in either case, even if those growls that resonante behind "FORBIDDEN!" seem a bit...off.

One would imagine that intros of Bill Murray's Baloo and ScarJo's Kaa (among others) will be soon to follow, so we'll make sure to pass them along when/if they do.

The Jungle Book opens in theatres April 15 in 3D.

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I think some things just work better as animated. Live action makes this look really silly.
 

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Idris Elba's voice is all kinds of awesome. Dude is ranged enough to where I could see him being this generation's James Earl Jones.
 

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While technically impressive, visually I can't help but be struck by how generic it all looks.
 

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I hope this is near the end, and Khan slowly moves closer while distracting everyone with his speech and tries to devour little Mowgli. Otherwise, that seems very un-Shere Khan to me, to make a speech then retreat.

But then again this is a remake, so they are free to add as many tropes and cliches as they want.

Always impressed at how far animation has come though. Technology grows up so fast!
 

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um.. "Richard" Kipling, really?

RUDYARD Kipling, please. There aren't many with that name, let's at least give him that.
 

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Glongpre said:
I hope this is near the end, and Khan slowly moves closer while distracting everyone with his speech and tries to devour little Mowgli. Otherwise, that seems very un-Shere Khan to me, to make a speech then retreat.

But then again this is a remake, so they are free to add as many tropes and cliches as they want.

Always impressed at how far animation has come though. Technology grows up so fast!
It's almost certainly at the start of the film. Mowgli's with Akeyla's pack (think it was Akeyla?), Shao Khan comes and sniffs him out. My guess is that this is the catalyst for Bagheera trying to get Mowgli to the village. The ending confrontation has been shown to take place at night.

But anyway, looks good. Heck, I've been onboard for this film for awhile now, and so far, hasn't disappointed me in what I've seen.
 

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I don't like it. I love Idris Elba in Pacific Rim, Thor and Luthor but his tone didn't alter even though I'm assuming Shere Khan was meant to be angry when he roared.
 

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his tone didn't alter even though I'm assuming Shere Khan was meant to be angry when he roared.
Yeah, it's quite telling given that they had to add an actual roar to emphasize it, but that just made it more distracting.
 

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This is...interesting.

I already watched a live action Jungle Book (forgot name of the film but it was somewhat succesfull so at least some of ya will know what I'm on about) and I remember quite enjoying it. That adaptation in question wasn't very truthful to the books, or the disney film, so you had Mowgli as an adult getting infatuated with a british governors daughter trying to protect the lost gold of some hidden temple from the clutches of the baddies (who get killed off in gruesome "the mummy" type ways if memory serves), Shere Khan wasn't even an enemy to Mowgli so much as a force of nature. No animals spoke.

So coming from that, I'm actually surprised this live action version seems closer to the disney film, including having talking animals. This somewhat intrigues me, especially after finding out who are some of the voice talents.
 

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Eh.
Casual Shinji said:
While technically impressive, visually I can't help but be struck by how generic it all looks.
Agreed everything looks so brown and muddied.
 

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Story said:
Casual Shinji said:
While technically impressive, visually I can't help but be struck by how generic it all looks.
Agreed everything looks so brown and muddied.
Well, it just looks like.. normal nature. You'd think they'd want to take advantage of the fact that it's The Jungle Book and give it that almost primordial jungle look. Sorta like Disney's Tarzan, but in live-action.
 

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Pallindromemordnillap said:
Hawki said:
Shao Khan comes and sniffs him out.
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So Shere Khan is Shao Khan's animality?

...makes sense I guess. 0_0
 

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Hawki said:
Glongpre said:
I hope this is near the end, and Khan slowly moves closer while distracting everyone with his speech and tries to devour little Mowgli. Otherwise, that seems very un-Shere Khan to me, to make a speech then retreat.

But then again this is a remake, so they are free to add as many tropes and cliches as they want.

Always impressed at how far animation has come though. Technology grows up so fast!
It's almost certainly at the start of the film. Mowgli's with Akeyla's pack (think it was Akeyla?), Shao Khan comes and sniffs him out. My guess is that this is the catalyst for Bagheera trying to get Mowgli to the village. The ending confrontation has been shown to take place at night.
Yeah, that's what I see, but it just doesn't jive with my head canon, you know. Bagheera wants Mowgli to get out way, way, way before Shere can even smell him. Just thinking about Khan makes everyone question his safety. Khan hates humans with a passion, and this is an easy opportunity for him to just rip Mowgli to shreds.

Course, I am talking from a purist perspective, in that they shouldn't deviate from the original movie, cause it is fantastic. But obviously they are going to, which remains to be seen how it will turn out.
 

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Ehh, it's a bit off putting, particularly the line "man is forbidden". The growl effect they added doesn't match the tone of voice.
 

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The tiger growling mixed in with the speech struck me as a little silly, but it was otherwise good.