Movie News

Disney find their Mowgli for Jungle Book

Movie News
Ashleigh Davies

Ashleigh is an editor and one of the day-to-day managers of Moviehole. She is also a film and entertainment publicist for a large global PR and talent firm.

As the cast of Disney’s live action take on “The Jungle Book” slowly but surely comes together, we can report that the role of film’s young protagonist Mowgli has been cast.

Newcomer Neel Sethi will play the orphan boy under the direction of helmer Jon Favreau.

In his first ever acting role, 10 year old Sethi will be the only actor seen on screen, with the rest of the characters created as computer generated creatures. No pressure!

Chosen above thousands of other kids, with auditions spanning across the US, the UK, New Zealand, India and Canada, Favreau believes Sethi is the right kid to play the part.

“Casting is the most important element of any film and finding the right kid to play Mowgli was imperative,” said Favreau in a statement. “Neel [Sethi] 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,” said 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.”

Scarlett Johansson (Kaa, the slippery python), Idris Elba (Shere Khan, the duplicitous tiger), Lupita Nyong’o (Rakcha, the mother wolf) and Ben Kingsley (Bagheera, the friendly black panther) also star.

With a script by Justin Marks, “The Jungle Book” will hit cinemas on October 9, 2015.

ShareShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someoneShare on Google+Pin on Pinterest

About Ashleigh Davies

Ashleigh is an editor and one of the day-to-day managers of Moviehole.
She is also a film and entertainment publicist for a large global PR and talent firm.

View All Posts

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Subject

Your Message

captcha

Friends (TV)
Girls (TV)
Hawthorn Football Club
Chicken Lasagna
Smelly Cat by Phoebe Buffay And The Hairballs
The Hunger Games series
Traveling
Alex Goot
Kurt Schneider
Against the Current
Movies
People who emphasize the BE in a statement
People keeping their bare feet to themselves.

More in Movie News

marvel-daredevil-15-second-official-teaser

Netflix’s Daredevil shows us a Kingpin!

Caffeinated ClintMarch 3, 2015
starwarsstandalon

Star Wars spin-off writer ripostes!

Caffeinated ClintMarch 3, 2015
lillyallen

Lily Allen in Fifty Shades Darker?

Caffeinated ClintMarch 3, 2015
alien5

Sounds as good as official : Michael Biehn’s back for Alien 5

Caffeinated ClintMarch 3, 2015
supergirljokerbatman

Superhero Bits : Supergirl, Suicide Squad, Batman

Caffeinated ClintMarch 3, 2015
insurgent

Insurgent track listing

Editorial StaffMarch 3, 2015
gethardposter

Red-Band Trailer : Get Hard

Caffeinated ClintMarch 3, 2015
claudiablackjamie

Casting : Black, Cuban, Berg, Rousey, Uwais, Dornan, Murphy

Caffeinated ClintMarch 3, 2015
mirelleenos

Killing alum is Shondra’s latest Catch

Caffeinated ClintMarch 3, 2015

Login

Lost your password?