The 41-year-old London-born actor is in final negotiations to provide the voice of the fearsome feline Shere Khan in Disney's live-action adaptation of the classic Rudyard Kipling tale
Elba, who has earned strong reviews as the leading man in the biopic
The new film will be directed by
Disney isn't the only studio working on an adaptation of Kipling's story, which was published in 1894 and is now in the public domain. Warner Bros. is developing its own take but has yet to settle on a director, though with this one moving ahead that project's fate is uncertain.
Elba will show different stripes in his next film, "Beasts of No Nation," a story of an African child soldier directed by