Neel Sethi has joined Disney’s live-action “The Jungle Book” movie! Disney searched worldwide for the perfect actor for the part, and the casting directors found Neel in New York. This will be Neel’s very first acting role!
Here’s what director Jon Favreau had to say about the role:
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.
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.
Neel will be the only actor that appears in the movie, all of the other actors will be voicing CGI characters.
The new version of “The Jungle Book” will arrive in theaters in 3D on October 9, 2015.