Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time!
Empire's Guardians Of The Galaxy Cover
Does Star Wars Have A Brain Trust?
Nick Frost:
My Movie Life

The World's End star's pick of the flicks
Subscribe: 6 Issues For £15!
Subscribe today and save 37% off the cover price!
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Guillermo Del Toro Planning "Bizarre" New Film
He wants John Hurt to star
Scarlett Johansson Looking To Say Hail Caesar!
Jonah Hill is also considering the Coens' latest
Alec Baldwin In Talks For Mission: Impossible 5
He may be the head of the CIA
Elle Fanning Learns How To Talk To Girls At Parties
As the Neil Gaiman adaptation moves forward
Latest Hunger Games Promo Arrives
The Mockingjay lives!
First Look At Ian McKellen In Mr Holmes
Sherlock turns 93
Exclusive Trailer For Josef Mengele Drama Wakolda
The Angel of Death in Argentina
New Clip From Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo
Say hello to the pianocktail
New Stills Land From Exodus: Gods And Kings
And Ridley Scott explains what we're in for...
Star Wars: Episode VII To Shoot Partly in IMAX
Big movie, big camera
First Exodus: Gods And Kings Trailer Launches
Ridley Scott sets the dial to 'Biblical Epic'
New Poster For Kevin Smith's Tusk
But the Weinsteins won't fund Clerks 3
Brandon Routh Joins TV's Arrow
Superman becomes The Atom
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
17 February 2014
Trailer For Rhythm & Hues Doc Life After Pi
FX house document their Hollywood Ending
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Life Of Pi (2012)
Empire Star Rating
Taking Woodstock (2009)
Empire Star Rating
Lust, Caution (2008)
Empire Star Rating
Brokeback Mountain
Empire Star Rating
The Hulk
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Ang Lee Finds His Life Of Pi Star
Suraj Sharma will board the lifeboat

25 October 2010  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

submit to reddit

Life of Pi is one of those movies that has bobbed endlessly around the choppy waters of development and gotten lost on the sea of limbo during its long voyage to the screen. Ang Lee has been clinging onto it for at least a year now and, after a hefty worldwide casting search, he’s found a young unknown actor to play the central role: Suraj Sharma.

He’ll embody the hero of the piece, Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel, who sets out on a freighter, only for the ship to bloomin' sink, leaving him stranded in a lifeboat. He’s not alone, though: he’s in there with a hyena, a seasick orangutan, an injured zebra and a Bengal tiger. Which is either the recipe for DreamWorks’ latest Madagascar adventure or a few good meals for the tiger.

But novelist Yann Martel instead spun it into a Booker Prize-winning exploration of spirituality and practicality.

Now Lee will bring David Magee’s adaptation to the screen with the 17 year-old first-time actor in the lead, who beat out 3,000 teenagers for the part.

Fox 2000 is providing the backing, and Lee plans to weigh anchor on the film in January. If he actually makes it to production, he’ll have accomplished something that M Night Shyamalan and Jean-Pierre Jeunet never could.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Brace Yourselves: Bieber Trailer Hits
Never Say Never is really happening
Todd Field Accepts The Creed Of Violence
Update: He's got the funds to make it

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Film Studies 101: Ten Movie Formats That Shook The World
The pre-digital innovations that formed modern cinema

Exodus: Gods And Kings: Ridley Scott's Trailer Breakdown
The director talks us through his enormous Biblical epic

Jay Baruchel Talks How To Train Your Dragon 2
From The Human Centipede to the origin of 'Useless reptile'

Spotify Playlist: Now That's What I Call... Richard Linklater!
The Boyhood director has a soundtrack for life

Empire At EIFF 2014: Elijah Wood Q&A
See highlights of our Edinburgh chat with the actor

The Empire Podcast #118: Keira Knightley And Dean DeBlois Interviews
The Begin Again star and How To Train Your Dragon 2 director pop in for a chat

Watch: Industrial Light & Magic's Greatest Hits
From Star Wars to Transformers, we run through some of the best individual moments from the special effects masters

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time Subscribers' Cover

Subscribe today and get the cover and 3 issues for only £10!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £18!
Special 25th anniversary offer for one month only! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)