Neel Sethi Cast as Mowgli in Disney's The Jungle Book

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Neel Sethi has been cast as Mowgli in the the upcoming live-action and animation portrayal of Disney's The Jungle Book, and he certainly looks the part.

So much so that he was picked even though he's never acted!

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"The Walt Disney Studios is pleased to announce that 10-year-old Neel Sethi will play the part of Mowgli in Disney’s The Jungle Book," a statement reads.

"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."

He got the part "after an extensive worldwide search ranging from New York to New Zealand, London to Canada, and throughout the United States and India."

Neel, 10 years old, won over director Jon Favreau right away.

“Casting is the most important element of any film and finding the right kid to play Mowgli was imperative," he said. "Neel has tremendous talent and charisma."

"There is a lot riding on his little shoulders," Favreau said of the future Disney star, but he adds with no hesitation, "I’m confident he can handle it."

Casting director Sarah Finn adds the young one "embodies the heart, humor and daring of the character ... his charisma and instincts jumped out at us."

"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."

Not only will Sethi take on the iconic character, he's the only actor onscreen in the film, which is to be a combination of live-action and animation!

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