From Sherlock Holmes to Shere Khan: Benedict Cumberbatch has joined the cast of a live-action version of The Jungle Book. Benedict, 38, will voice the villainous tiger in an upcoming Warner Bros production of the classic story, titled Jungle Book: Origins, which is being directed by Lord of the Rings star Andy Serkis.
The film will hit cinemas inOctober 2016
– a year and a week afterDisney releases its family-friendly version
has signed up to direct that production, which will star Scarlett Johansson as Kaa the snake, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Bill Murray as Baloo and Christopher Walken as King Louie. Benedict has had a busy year; he hasthree films
coming out in 2014 –The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
,The Imitation Game
, in which he stars as Alan Turing, andPenguins of Madagascar
. And in 2015, fans can look forward toBenedict’s return as Sherlock
. It has been confirmed that afull-length special episode
will begin filming in January, with a series of three episodes to be filmed later in the year.
He might be best known for playing the beloved detective, but it’s for an entirely different role that Benedict recently made headlines. An upcoming production ofHamlet
at the Barbican, starring Benedict in the titular role, becamethe most in-demand theatre production of all time
, according to ticket website Viagogo. Even though the curtain doesn’t go up on the show for another year, tickets forHamlet
are outselling the next most popular show, the current run ofA Streetcar Named Desire
, by four to one. The show also registered214 per cent more ticket searches
in the hours after the tickets were released thanBeyonce and Jay Z’s On the Run tour
. Tickets went on sale on 11 August at 11am – and within minutes fans were tweeting their frustration at finding themselves more than20,000 places
back in the queue.