Indian-American boy Neel Sethi to play Mowgli in ‘Jungle Book’

July 17, 2014, By S Ranjita

“Iron Man” fame director Jon Favreau is doing a live adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s book, “The Jungle Book”. The movie is being produced by Disney studio and 10-year-old Indian-American boy Neel Sethi, has been chosen to play the jungle boy Mowgli.Neel Sethi to play Mowgli

Sethi hails from New York and was selected after thousands of auditions across the United States, England, Canada, India and New Zealand. “The Jungle Book” will be Neel Sethi’s first full length feature film.

He had earlier acted in a shot film “Diwali” as per his IMDB profile.

Director Favreau said in a statement that casting is the most important element and finding the right kid as Mowgli was imperative.

He praised Neel saying that he has tremendous talent and charisma. Favreau expressed confidence that Neel can handle it.

Sethi will be the only actor in the film based on the 1894 story book about an orphan boy raised in a jungle by some wild animals. The talking animals will be rendered using digital animation.

Actor Ben Kingsley will be voicing the black panther Bagheera while Idris Elba is set to voice the menacing tiger Shere Khan.

Lupita Nyong’o is voicing the mother wolf Rakcha and Scarlett Johansson is voicing the snake Kaa.

“Jungle Book” is scheduled to release on Oct. 9, 2015.

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