Movie News

Disney find their Mowgli for Jungle Book

Disney find their Mowgli for Jungle Book
Ashleigh Davies

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.

Share this story!Share on FacebookShare on TumblrShare on StumbleUponTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someoneShare on Google+Pin on PinterestDigg thisBuffer this pagePrint this pageShare on LinkedIn
(Visited 3 times, 3 visits today)
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.

More in Movie News

diary

Trailer: The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Ashleigh DaviesMay 28, 2015
A WALK IN THE WOODS

Trailer & Poster: A Walk In The Woods

Ashleigh DaviesMay 28, 2015
I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER, from left: Freddie Prinze Jr., Jennifer Love Hewitt, 1997, © Columbia/courtesy Everett Collection

Here’s what’s showing on Crackle this June

Caffeinated ClintMay 28, 2015
therumperbutts

Exclusive : Clip from The Rumperbutts

Editorial StaffMay 28, 2015
Cliff-Curtis

Behind-the-scenes of Fear The Walking Dead

Ashleigh DaviesMay 28, 2015
theendofthetourbanner

Trailer & Poster: The End of the Tour

Ashleigh DaviesMay 28, 2015
beekle

Jason Reitman is bringing Beekle to the silver screen

Ashleigh DaviesMay 28, 2015
British actress Tilda Swinton poses on the red carpet arriving at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London on February 12, 2012.  AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

Tilda Swinton is Doctor Strange’s mentor

Ashleigh DaviesMay 28, 2015
Presenter Chris Pine pose backstage at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 12, 2014.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson  (UNITED STATES - Tags: Entertainment)(GOLDENGLOBES-BACKSTAGE) - RTX17BOS

Wonder Woman finds her love interest

Ashleigh DaviesMay 28, 2015