Neel Sethi Talks 'The Jungle Book'

The 12-year-old reveals what it was like to be selected from 2,000 hopefuls to play Mowgli in the live-action remake of the classic animated film.
2:29 | 04/13/16

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And now you guys will meet the young man about to wow the world in the jungle book. Neel said he was chosen from 2,000 hopefuls. Rachel smith met up with him in his natural habitat, New York City. ♪ Reporter: We're heading into the jungle, the Junge "Jungle book," disthink's live action take on the rudyard kip yard stories that inspired the 1967 animated classic. ♪ Look for the bare necessities the simple bare necessities ♪ ♪ forget about your worry and your strife ♪ Reporter: About a boy naked mowgli being raised by a pack of wolves but suddenly finds himself being hunted out of his jungle home by the vengeful tiger Shere khan. A man becomes man and man is forbidden. That is unbelievable. So what better place to meet the man cub himself Neel Sethi in tiger mountain in New York. You feel comfortable like this because you've had interactions with tigers before. I mean, a tiger was chasing you in the movie, right? It looks like that but it really wasn't. There was no tigers, no animals, no nothing. No? No. Ba Berra, I'm not taking one more step. Aaagh. Action. Reporter: 12-year-old Sethi in his first aging role is the only human character to appear on screen in a film cgi environment and motion captured animals. What was the audition process like for you. They literally wanted moo he to do a couple lines and I had to play imaginary tennis and showed a karate move and said I don't need no stunt double and they started laughing. Reporter: The film boasts an all-star voice cast including Idris Elba, sir Ben Kingsley, Lupita loourp, Scarlett Johansson and bill Murray as baloo the bear. What's that. A song about the good life. Have you auditioned for any other roles. Yeah, I have some stuff in the works. That supzs like such a Hollywood thing to say, Neel. You got to give me than that, man. I can't. I'm not allowed. Reporter: For "Good morning America," Rachel smith, ABC news, New York. I'm mow GLI and this is my home. I'll bet he's got some stuff in the works. "Jungle book" hopes in theaters Friday.

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