Disney’s THE JUNGLE BOOK Casts Mowgli

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After a worldwide search, Disney has announced that 10-year-old newcomer from New York, Neel Sethi will star in new live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book as the only on-screen actor.

Sethi – who won over director Jon Favreau right away – will play Mowgli, of course:

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

said Favreau.

Casting director Sarah Finn added:

“Neel embodies 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.”

Yeah, thank you for making him the right age for Mowgli and casting an Indian in the role. (I was worried the movie was gonna be about an adult Mowgli having to go back to the jungle to fulfill his destiny or some cr*p like that).

Idris Elba is onboard to voice Shere Khan, Scarlett Johansson will voice Kaa, Lupita Nyong’o is voicing Rakcha, and Ben Kingsley will voice the character of Bagheera.

The live-action/CG hybrid version of the Rudyard Kipling book was scribed by Justin Marks and will be released in theaters in 3D on October 9, 2015.

Another adaptation of The Jungle Book is being put together over at Warner Bros. with Harry Potter writer Steve Kloves and  Andy Serkis at the helm. Since no date has been announced to date for that version Disney may intend to ramp up their production so that they can be the first to get a reboot in theaters.

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