Benedict Cumberbatch to voice (Shere) Khan in The Jungle Book

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Aug 19, 2014, 6:25 PM EDT

Benedict Cumberbatch has had a devoted fan following ever since he appeared as Sherlock Holmes in the Steven Moffat-produced BBC TV show Sherlock. It's easy to see why, with his talent, his unusual good looks and a voice that can easily menace or seduce. Now we Cumberbunnies have a new film to enjoy: Cumberbatch has just signed on to voice a character in the animated movie The Jungle Book.

The Jungle Book will be directed by Andy Serkis, Cumberbatch's co-star in The Hobbit. Think about it: This means that Gollum will be directing Smaug. 

According to Coming Soon, Cumberbatch will be voicing the tiger Shere Khan, which means this is the second time, after Star Trek Into Darkness, that Cumberbatch will have played a character named Khan. Hopefully his role will make a bit more sense this time around.

The October 21, 2016 release is based on Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book." The film tells the story of Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves. He's kidnapped by monkeys and rescued by his animal friends, including Baloo the Bear, Bagheera the panther and Kaa the python. 

Strangely, this isn't the only version of The Jungle Book that's hitting the big screen. According to the Seattle Times, there's yet another version in production. The other Jungle Book is being directed by Jon Favreau and stars the voices of Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Christopher Walken and Lupita Nyong'o.

Serkis' version of The Jungle Book will be released one year after Favreau's version, which is scheduled for Oct. 9, 2015. Here's hoping they both lack the racist undertones of the 1967 Disney version. 

Via Coming Soon.