The Disney talent search is on for a boy to play play Mowgli, the orphan raised by wolves in the jungles of central India, among other roles.
Walt Disney Pictures and Fairview Entertainment are now in pre-production on the live-action feature film Jungle Book, and Disney casting directors have begun to audition actors to play lead and supporting roles. This reboot of the original 1967 movie will shoot in Los Angeles beginning this Spring, 2014. The Disney auditions are taking place in Los Angeles. Extras and stand-ins will be hired closer to the start of filming, submission and registration information is being posted below as available. This Disney film is not to be confused with the Warner Bros. Pictures version in development with Ron Howard at the helm.
Starring in Jungle Book is Golden Globe Award winner Idris Elba playing the role of Shere Khan, the powerful, suave bengal tiger, and main antagonist in the film. Elba has starred in three films in post-production – The Gunman starring opposite Sean Penn, the drama Second Coming, and No Good Deed. In addition to hie Golden Globe Award win, he also has several nominations for his performance as Nelson Mandela in the biographical film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Projects in the works for Elba include One Square Mile, BBC Film’s Luther, Focus Features’ Beasts of No Nation, and Thunder Road Pictures’ Alive Alone.
Primetime Emmy Award nominee Jon Favreau will direct Disney’s Jungle Book from an adapted screenplay written by Justin Marks. Jon Favreau has become a hot commodity in Hollywood these days. Best known for directing Iron Man and Iron Man 2, he recently directed the feature film Chef starring Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Sofía Vergara, and Dustin Hoffman. Favreau has several high-profile directorial projects in the works including the Walt Disney Pictures feature film Magic Kingdom. Writer Justin Marks is also fast-becoming a hot commodity in Hollywood, having written screenplays for Universal Pictures’ The Raven, DC Entertainment’s films Super Max and Suicide Squad, and Walt Disney Pictures’ 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo among several others.
Cammie Award winner Brigham Taylor will produce Jungle Book. It was recently announced that Taylor is stepping down from his position as EVP of Production for Walt Disney Studios, to segue into exclusive producer for Disney. Taylor started out at Disney as an assistant to a studio executive in 1994, and worked his way up to executive vp production. He has played a major creative role is such Disney projects as Oz the Great and Powerful, Tron Legacy, the Chronicles of Narnia franchise, and the billion-dollar-grossing Pirates of the Caribbean films.
Jungle Book is scheduled to hit theaters on October 9th 2015.
Disney Casting Director Information for Jungle Book
All talent including minors and foreign actors must be legally eligible to work in the state of California and in the United States.
The 2014 Los Angeles Actors Resource Guide eBook comes with free quarterly updates and includes the following information and documents for adults, minors, and foreign talent who would like to work as an actor or extra on film and television productions in Los Angeles and the United States:
• USA Child Actor Work Permit Requirements
• California Child Actor Permit Application
• California Minors Summary Chart
• Child Actor Coogan Trust Deposit Instructions
• California Division of Labor Standards Offices
• Immigration Work Permit Information
• Non-Immigrant Visa Application
In addition to the following Los Angeles Actors Resources:
• Audition Tips
• How To Make an Audition Video
• Los Angeles Casting Directors List
• Los Angeles Extras Casting Directors List
• Los Angeles Talent Agents List
• General Talent Agent Information
• Los Angeles Acting Classes List
• Acting Classes for Young Actors in Los Angeles
• Los Angeles Headshot Photographers List
• Sample Actors Resume
• Sample Beginning Actors Resume
• Sample Cover Letters
• Entertainment Industry Terminology
• Miscellaneous Los Angeles Resources
• Actors Unions
• PDF Users Guides
The 2014 Actors Resource Guide eBooks are available here.
Disney Principal Actor Casting Director
See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit to casting directors for acting roles.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.
Sarah Finn Company
588 N. Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
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The casting directors address should be written in all capital letters on the solid side of the envelope, with the name of the project you are submitting for written directly above the casting directors name. IF the role that you are submitting for is available, it should also be written above the casting directors name.
“Role of _______”
CASTING DIRECTOR NAME
CASTING DIRECTOR ADDRESS
CASTING DIRECTOR CITY, STATE, ZIP CODE
Extras casting calls will be posted here as they become available closer to the start of filming.
Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies, as they will most likely end up being thrown away. They do not cast the films, rather they hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
500 South Buena Vista Street
Team Disney Building
Burbank, CA 91521
1925 Century Park E
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Idris Elba – Shere Khan
Inspired by Rudyard Kiplings story, Mowgli is a boy who has been raised by wolves in the Indian jungle. When the wolves hear that the fierce tiger, Shere Kahn, is nearby, they decide to send Mowgli to a local “man tribe”. On his way to the village, Mowgli meets many animal characters.