Yes, Ang Lee’s long developing film Life of Pi is still going strong. The director has been trying to pull a cast together for the novel adaption for a while now and we were beginning to think that he’d never find the right people. But according to 20th Century Fox, Lee has hired newcomer Suraj Sharma to play the title role in the film. He literally beat out thousands of young actors to land the part. He must be one talented kid!

Lee found Sharma after auditioning over 3,000 actors to play Pi Patel. He found the 17 year old in Delhi, India, where he was a student. Principal photography on the film starts shooting in January and the entire production will be filmed in 3D (rolls eyes) in Taiwan and India. The screenplay for Life of Pi was adapted by Dave Magee.

According to Amazon:

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?

What do you think of Sharma as Pi?

Source: Coming Soon