The first image from Ang Lee‘s 3D adaptation of the novel Life of Pi has gone online. Yann Martel‘s highly acclaimed book tells the story of a boy named Pi (played by newcomer Suraj Sharma), who gets stranded at sea for 227 days with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, a hyena, a zebra, and an orangutan. As always, December is going to be crowded with awards fare, but 2012 has some seriously fierce competition: Les Miserables, The Hobbit, Kathryn Bigelow‘s Zero Dark Thirty, The Great Gatsby, and Django Unchained. Life of Pi is going to be tough sell, but it’s also probably going to be unlike anything we’ve seen in some time.
Hit the jump to check out the image. The film also stars Tobey Maguire, Irrfan Khan (In Treatment), Adil Hussain (Calendar Girls), and Gerard Depardieu. Life of Pi opens December 14th.
Image via CriterionCast.
Here’s the synopsis of Yann Martel‘s Life of Pi:
The son of a zookeeper, Pi Patel has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes.
The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon the tiger has dispatched all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days while lost at sea. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, never to be seen again. The Japanese authorities who interrogate Pi refuse to believe his story and press him to tell them “the truth.” After hours of coercion, Pi tells a second story, a story much less fantastical, much more conventional–but is it more true? [Amazon]