MANILA, Philippines – The trailer of the newest movie of Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee was released by 20th Century Fox on Wednesday.
”Life of Pi,” based on the bestselling book by Yann Martel, tells the story of a young man named Pi Patel and his survival at sea.
The book won the Literary Awards Hugh Maclennan Prize for fiction in 2001 and the Man Booker Prize in 2002.
”I am thrilled that Ang is adapting ’Life of Pi’ to film. He’s a brilliant, versatile director, with a stunning visual sensibility. He can capture the most intimate emotion as well as the most dynamic action. He’s the perfect filmmaker to bring Pi’s epic journey to the screen,” Martel said.
Lee, for his part, said: ”It has been a daunting and exciting process to develop a motion picture that brings Yann Martel’s fascinating, mind-boggling story to the big screen.
”Casting the 16-year-old Pi was particularly challenging. We searched throughout India for a young man who had the innocence to capture our attention, the depth of character to break our hearts, and the physicality need to embody Pi on his journey,” he added.
Suraj Sharma, 17, landed the role of Pi Patel, beating over 3,000 others who auditioned for the part.
”During his audition, he filled the room with emotion, much of which he conveyed simply through his eyes. His natural ability to believe and stay in the world of the story is a rare treasure,” Lee said of Sharma.
Lee is known for his films such as ”Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” ”Sense and Sensibility” and ”Brokeback Mountain,” where he won an Oscar for Best Director.
Below is the trailer of ”Life of Pi,” which will be distributed nationwide by Warner Bros. on January 8, 2013.