Idris Elba is going to voice Shere Khan in Disney's star-studded take - Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyongo, Bill Murray and Christopher Walken are all onboard - being directed by Jon Favreau while the Warner Bros reimagining of the tale of a boy raised by jungle animals is just getting cast now. Exciting news for the Cumberbatch contingent, Benedict Cumberbatch, the first to be cast, will be the voice of that same villainous man-eating tiger in the WB version.
Andy Serkis who rose to fame as the man behind the motion-captured character Gollum is making his directorial debut with the so-called 'competing' take slated for release in 2016. The truth is Favreau's version comes out in 2015 while Serkin's version won't be released until 2016, so the two won't really compete.
Cumberbatch? Elba? I see no reason to choose between the two Brits and their deep, delicious voices.