Disney’s live-action The Jungle Book finds its Mowgli

Jungle Book
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Disney is working on a live-action The Jungle Book movie with Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Iron Man 2) as the director. We just got word straight from Disney that they have found their Mowgli. 10-year-old newcomer Neel Sethi will become the jungle boy. The New York native was chosen after an extensive worldwide search all over the globe including New York, New Zealand, London, Canada, India and the United States.

Mowgli will be the only actor onscreen acting opposite CG animated animals, like Ben Kingsley as Bagheera.

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

“Neel embodies the heart, humor, and daring of the character,” adds casting director Sarah Finn. “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.”

The Jungle Book hits theaters on October 9, 2015.

Source: Disney

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