And for his next act, Benedict Cumberbatch will not be seen – but he he will he heard.
And – Tall Assignment Alert! – he will be competing with Idris Elba to see who did it better.
The Cumber-stud is set to lend his voice to Andy Serkis’ Jungle Book: Origins, a second such project that is currently in the works (Jon Favreau is working on The Jungle Book, which will feature the voices of Elba, Scarlett Johansson, and Lupita Nyong’o.
Serkis’ movie is due out in October 2016 – a year after Favreau’s – and Cumberbatch will be voice-exercising the role of Shere Khan, which is the job Elba will perform for the Iron Man man.
Update: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, and Naomie Harris (Skyfall) also have boarded Jungle Book: Origins.
They will voice the panther Bagheera, the python Kaa, and one of the wolves that raises Mowgli, respectively, while Serkis will take on the part of Baloo the bear.