Ahead of the official trailer launch of Disney’s “The Jungle Book,” starring 10-year-old Neel Sethi, a young Indian American actor from New York, as Mowgli, the production company posted a six-second teaser to Instagram Sept. 12 after sharing clips of the film with audiences at its D23 Expo last month.
Based on the Rudyard Kipling 1894 short stories of an orphaned boy raised by animals, among other things, the teaser highlights the movie’s landscape with a brief glimpse of Mowgli’s silhouette.
Sethi, who was selected after a worldwide search spanning the U.S., India, England, New Zealand and Canada, will be the only actor to appear on-screen with the supporting cast rendered in computer-generated imagery.
“Casting is the most important element of any film and finding the right kid to play Mowgli was imperative,” said director Jon Favreau in a statement. “Neel has tremendous talent and charisma. There is a lot riding on his little shoulders, and I’m confident he can handle it.”
“The Jungle Book” also features the voices of Scarlett Johansson (Kaa the python), Ben Kingsley (Bagheera the panther), Idris Elba (Sher Khan the tiger), Bill Murray (Bhaloo the bear), Christopher Walken (King Louie the orangutan), and Lupita Nyong’o (Raksha the mother wolf).
The film is scheduled to release in the U.S. April 15, 2016.