New ‘The Jungle Book’ Clip Features Idris Elba’s Shere Khan

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Mowgli had better watch his back if he hopes to make it from “man-cub” to man, and if Idris Elba’s Shere Khan has anything to do with it…he won’t.

Elba provides the voice for the intimidating tiger with a serious hatred of man in Disney’s upcoming film adaptation of The Jungle Book. In the first look at the character, Khan has returned to the jungle and is distracted by a “strange odor” amongst the wolves. Upon realizing that what he’s smelling is man-cub Mowgli, he warns pack leader Akela (voiced by Giancarlo Esposito) that he will not tolerate any man in his jungle. “Shere Khan reigns with fear,” Elba told Disney about his character. “He terrorizes everyone he encounters because he comes from a place of fear.”

The film features a star-studded voice cast including Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray and more. Newcomer Neel Sethi stars as Mowgli, the boy who was raised by wolves.

Take a look at Shere Khan’s introduction below:

Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire. The all-star cast also includes Lupita Nyong’o as the voice of the fiercely protective mother wolf Raksha, and Giancarlo Esposito as the voice of wolf pack’s alpha male Akela

The Jungle Book hits theaters April 15.

pictured: Idris Elba in a promotional photo for The Jungle Book, posing with his character, Shere Khan (Photo Credit: Disney)