Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ Finds its Mowgli in Newcomer Neel Sethi

Disney Finds its Mowgli in Newcomer

Disney has cast newcomer Neel Sethi as Mogwli in “The Jungle Book.”

Jon Favreau is directing the live action film from a script by Justin Marks.

The 10-year-old Sethi, from New York, was chosen from among thousands of kids who auditioned for the role in the U.S., the U.K., New Zealand and Canada.

“The Jungle Book” will be Sethi’s first acting role.

“Casting is the most important element of any film and finding the right kid to play Mowgli was imperative,” Favreau said in a statement. “Neel has tremendous talent and charisma. There is a lot riding on his little shoulders and I’m confident he can handle it.”

Casting director Sarah Finn described Sethi as embodying “the heart, humor, and daring of the character. He’s warm and accessible, yet also has an intelligence well beyond his years and impressed us all with his ability to hold his own in any situation. Even though he has no professional acting experience, his natural charisma and instincts jumped out at us.”

Sethi will be the only actor seen on screen in the film, with the rest of the characters created as computer-generated creatures.

Disney will release “The Jungle Book” on Oct. 9, 2015.

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  1. Anita says:

    Too fair skinned to be a jungle boy. No tan. Was disappointed. This is supposed to be located in a jungle in India yet we heard every accent from the characters except the Indian accent. Even Mowglis wasn’t Indian. What a shame!

  2. MichaelF says:

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  3. Seo says:

    Now that’s one of the dumbest comments I’ve ever read.

  4. Kim Sam says:

    good job by disney..Now the media can shut up now by saying this upcoming movie will be a whitewash..

  5. Ngan says:

    SO excited about the movie and its main/only actor. He sounds like the absolute perfect fit for this role. There’s no doubt this movie will be a huge success because the filmmakers followed their gut instincts and banked on a star-in-the-making! Go Neel Sethi!

  6. hopefully he can act. I’m sure the movie will suck either way.

    • anonymous says:

      That’s the spirit, Bill! Be pre-emptive and trash the movie before its even made, and you can either go “told ya so” or just keep your big mouth shut when it comes out and does landslide business.

    • Wow, you’re the joy of the party!

      Good luck to the kid, he looks the part and Favreau has a great record at different types of genres – plus he’ll bring everything he can to this one, for sure.

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