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Friday, 18 July 2014

The Jungle Book Lead Star Announced

Source: Entertainment Weekly
Lo and behold, we have our new Mowgli (just don't ask why we ever needed one)!
Walt Disney Pictures have this week announced the young lead star of their upcoming live-action remake of the classic 1967 animated film The Jungle Book. Already confirmed to star Ben Kingsley, Scarlet Johansson, Lupita Nyong'o and Idris Elba (in vocal form, anyway), this somewhat controversial reboot will be directed by Iron Man and Chef helmer Jon Favreau (better known to the Iron fandom as Happy Hogan himself).

Joining those renowned Brit and American thespians on the metaphorical cinematic battlefield will be Neel Sethi, a 10-year old American actor whose performing experience is limited but whose passion for the role of Mowgli is apparently exemplary. The true challenge of this young up-and-comer's abilities will come in the form of him being one of the only on-screen human stars of the piece (with the vast majority of the animal characters such as Bageera set to be brought to life by CGI), but if nothing else, we should really have faith in Favreau's leadership of the project, even if our residual doubts regarding the necessity of the production's existence (why tamper with a classic, eh?) have yet to be dispelled.

The Jungle Book will swing into cinemas worldwide on October 9th, 2015.

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