NEW YORK (TIP): The 10-year-old Neel Sethi, of Indian origin, who is all set to play the lead in The Jungle Book, has already rubbed shoulders with Hollywood biggies like J.J Abrams, Chris Evans, Ben Kingsley etc.
Giving us a 6-second peek into Mowgli’s world of wilderness, Disney released a teaser of its upcoming movie The Jungle Book earlier today. Based on the classic collection of stories by Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book stars an Indian-American, 10-year-old Neel Sethi, as Mowgli.
Neel was chosen among thousands of children who originally auditioned for the part of the little boy raised in a jungle by a pack of wolves. According to NBC News, the director of The Jungle Book, Jon Favreau of Iron Man fame, describes Neel as a charismatic and talented child, who has tremendous potential. The Jungle Book, which will see a 2016 release, has only Neel’s character in human form, with the other characters are animated. The animated characters will be voiced by the likes of Scarlett Johansson (Kaa), Idris Elba (Shere Khan), Bill Murray (Baloo), Ben Kingsley (Bagheera), Lupita Nyong (Raksha) and Christopher Walken (King Louie).
Neel’s official Twitter account description reads: “There isn’t a sport I don’t love! I like to make everyone laugh. Mowgli in the Walt Disney Feature The Jungle Book,” and has a string of the young stars’ trysts with the biggies of Hollywood.