After an extensive worldwide search ranging from New York to New Zealand, London to Canada, and all throughout the United States and India, Walt Disney Studios has announced that 10-year-old Neel Sethi will play the part of Mowgli in Disney’s The Jungle Book. Neel is a newcomer from New York picked from among thousands of auditions, and his role in The Jungle Book marks his first foray into acting.
‘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.’
As Mowgli, Neel will be the only actor onscreen in the film. The Jungle Book is a combination of live-action and animation and will be released in 3D on October 9, 2015. Ben Kingsley has already been announced in the role of Bagheera.