There’s a new film on the horizon, looking to make a huge splash at this year’s 50th New York Film Festival. With director Ang Lee’s name attached to such a visually beautiful film, one can only hope Life of Pi will be one of the best films of the year. Adapted from author Yann Martel’s Booker Prize winning novel of the same title, the story’s got heart, adventure, and a lot of passion — the perfect combination for success.
A new international trailer for Life of Pi hit the web today. It’s our second look at the Ang Lee film, which tells the story of Piscine Molitor Patel (Suraj Sharma), better known as Pi — a young Indian boy who finds himself on a small lifeboat with a formidable beast after his ship to Canada sinks. For months, he must survive and find the strength and hope to stay alive despite his dwindling spirit and strength. It’s him and a 500 pound Bengal tiger all alone at sea.
The new trailer clocks in at 2:33 minutes and features a song from Icelandic band Sigur Rós and Coldplay’s “Paradise.” These two tracks combined with the power of nature’s elements, and the brilliantly cut footage makes for a convincing trailer. This is also our first look at Pi’s life on land. A large portion of the story is flashback, brought on by “The Writer” requesting Pi’s amazing story. Originally, Tobey Maguire was cast to play “The Writer”; however, Rafe Spall (Prometheus, Hot Fuzz) landed the role due to Maguire’s fame — Ang Lee recast “The Writer” because he believed Maguire’s involvement would pull viewers attention from the story.
I can’t express my excitement for Ang Lee’s Life of Pi. Having just finished the novel a month ago, I’m curious to see how Lee handles the violence and religious angles. This film needed a director who wasn’t afraid to delve in a take chances, and judging by Lee’s recent films (Brokeback Mountain, Taking Woodstock) he was the perfect man for the massive undertaking.
Directed by Ang Lee, Life of Pi stars Suraj Sharma, Rafe Spall, Irrfan Khan, and Shravanthi Sainath. This film hits theaters everywhere November 21st, 2012.
‘Life of Pi’ International Trailer