With the film being in the works for what seems to be years now, director Ang Lee (The Ice Storm, Ride With The Devil) has finally found his lead for his hotly anticipated adaptation of the Yann Martel novel, Life of Pi.
Deadline is reporting that newcomer Suraj Sharma will play the film’s lead, a 16-year-old named Pi Patel, who is stranded for 227 days in shark-infested waters with only a boat, a zebra, a spotted hyena, an orangutan and a Bengal tiger. Quite a cast of characters if I don’t say so myself.
The film is being set up at Fox 2000, and has been penned by David Magee, based on the previously described Mann Booker Prize-winning novel. Movement on the film has been rather slow as of late, but apparently it’s moving forward. And thankfully so. This is a fantastic novel, that is in perfect hands with Lee. The casting decision came out of an audition of just about 3000 teens, so this definitely bodes well for the production, which is set to shoot in January. Overall, this is a film I can’t wait to check out.