Benedict Cumberbatch's performance as Shere Khan in the new Jungle Book is 'full of rage'

FP Staff

May,30 2017 13:38:30 IST

Los Angeles: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch, best known for his title role in Sherlock, is really scary as the tiger Shere Khan in Jungle Book: Origins, says the upcoming films director Andy Serkis.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the screening of Marvel Studios' "Doctor Strange" at AMC Empire on November 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/WireImage)

Benedict Cumberbatch. Image from Getty Images.

Besides directing the film, Serkis will also voice the character of bear Baloo in the adaptation of author Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book.

"It's amazing, Benedict's phenomenal. He's really scary. It's a grounded, full-of-rage, brilliant performance. What's brilliant about his performance is he's not just a black-and-white villain," Serkis told

"Bizarrely, you actually feel his point of view. It's quite a nuanced performance. You'll see him in a new light. The Sherlock fans will be surprised, definitely," he added.

The Warner Bros project will follow Disney's own live-action film The Jungle Book, which released in 2016 and featured voices of Idris Elba, Bill Murray, Lupita Nyong'o and Scarlett Johansson.

Besides Cumberbatch, other actors who have lent their voices for different roles in the film include Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Naomie Harris and Tom Hallender.

Jungle Book: Origins is slated for release in 2018.

Updated Date: May 30, 2017 14:12 PM