Disney has cast Neel Sethi as Mowgli in the studio's remake of The Jungle Book.
The 10-year-old New Yorker, who has no previous professional experience, will be the only actor to appear on-screen in the partly live-action, partly CGI'd movie. Director Jon Favreau said:
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.
And casting 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.
... And he's every bit adorable as you might expect!
Here's a reminder of just what Sethi has to live up to:
Other thesps signed up for The Jungle Book include Lupita Nyong'o as Rakcha, Ben Kingsley as panther Bagheera, Scarlett Johansson as python Kaa, and Idris Elba as villainous tiger Shere Khan.
Given that he's the only actor to actually appear in the movie, there's a lot riding on Neel's little shoulders. Do you think he can handle it?
A decent piece of casting?