The Jungle Book resides in the public domain, which means we'll be getting two adaptations in the next couple of years. One is coming from Disney and Iron Man director Jon Favreau, while the other is coming from Warner Bros. and Mo-Cap maven Andy Serkis, who makes his directorial debut with Jungle Book: Origins.

While Idris Elba is playing Shere Khan in Disney's The Jungle Book, it will be Benedict Cumberbatch who assumes the motion capture role of the deadly villain in Jungle Book: Origins.

Shere Khan is the man-eating tiger who likes to torment Mowgli in Rudyard Kipling's classic tale of a young jungle boy raised in the wild by wolves. The two are lifelong enemies, which each vowing to someday kill the other. This version of the movie will stay within the dark tone set by the original books, which also focuses on the characters Baloo the bear and Bagheera the black panther.

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Harry Potter's Steve Kloves is producing, while his daughter Callie Kloves is penning the screenplay.

Benedict Cumberbatch is the first actor cast in this upcoming take on the family adventure. He previously played the Mo-Cap character Smaug in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The dragon returns this winter in The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies. He's also no stranger to villains, playing Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness, a character that shares a name with Jungle Book: Origins' main bad guy.

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