'The Jungle Book' clip introduces Idris Elba as Shere Khan

"Shere Khan reigns with fear," the actor recently said of the character.
By Annie Martin  |  March 24, 2016 at 2:59 PM
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LOS ANGELES, March 24 (UPI) -- The Jungle Book released a clip featuring Idris Elba as Shere Khan on Wednesday.

The preview introduces the 43-year-old British actor as Shere Khan, a fearsome Bengal tiger with a vendetta against Mowgli (Neel Sethi) and all other humans.

The clip sees Shere Khan and Mowgli's adoptive father, the Indian wolf Akela (Giancarlo Esposito), face off over the boy. The tiger, who bears scars across his face from a previous run-in with men, warns Akela that interacting with humans is forbidden.

The Jungle Book is based on the Rudyard Kipling story collection of the same name. Elba and several of his co-stars recently got close to their onscreen characters for an all-new set of promos for the Disney movie.

"Shere Khan reigns with fear," the actor explained. "He terrorizes everyone he encounters because he comes from a place of fear."

Bill Murray co-stars as the bear Baloo, with Ben Kinglsey as the panther Bagheera and Lupita Nyong'o as the wolf Raksha. Scarlett Johansson voices the python Kaa, with Christopher Walken as the primate King Louie and Emjay Anthony as the wolf Grey Brother.

Disney previously adapted The Jungle Book as a 1967 animated film and a 1994 live-action remake. Actor and Elf director Jon Favreau helmed the new movie, which opens in theaters April 15.

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