Walt Disney's "Jungle Book" Open Casting Call for a Lead Role

Walt Disney is holding an Open Casting Call for the next big Disney movie, Jungle Book.

The live action feature film, The Jungle Book is holding online and video auditions for the lead role of Mowgli.

The Disney movie is looking to cast the lead role and give kids the opportunity to audition for a lead role in the movie.

Currently the only role available is for the lead character, the boy named Mowgli. Production is looking for a child actor that looks the ages of 10 to 12.

The Jungle Book centers on a young orphaned boy, Mowgli, who gets stuck in the Jungle and ends up being raised by wild animals including a bear and a panther.

The new Disney movie will be retold by Jon Favreau, the director of Iron Man and will be released in 3D. Jon Favreau is expected to produce and direct the upcoming movie for Disney. 

The cast of Favreau's version of "The Jungle Book" already includes Idris Elba from Pacific Rim and The Wire. He is set to voice the iconic tiger villain Shere Khan. The Hollywood Reporter also reports that Scarlett Johansson, who worked with Favreau on Iron Man 2 is currently in negotiations to work with Elba as a cast member along side, Academy Award winning actress Lupita Nyong'o from 12 Years a Slave.


It is expected that Lupita will voice Raksha, the mother wolf who finds the infant Mowgli in the jungle and decides to adopt him as her own child. While, Scarlett Johansson will provide the voice for the digitally animated python Kaa, who is the villain from the original Disney's Jungle Book.

Auditions are open to all levels of acting experience, including child actors that do not have any experience at all. This would be for the lead role and everyone can apply.

The Jungle Book is based on the collection of short stories by Rudyard Kipling from 1894. The new film will be a live action version and already has a theatrical release date scheduled of October 9th 2015.

Here is the role breakdown:

MOWGLI: Actor to portray 10-12 years old, Male, multi-ethnic character. Soulful, engaging, bright and athletic. He can be mischievous and impulsive, but is equally caring and creative. He has a noble and courageous spirit, which give us glimpses of the true hero he will become.

To Apply, visit the Official Disney Open Casting Call Website.

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