Hot International Trailer: The Life of Pi is an Emotional Journey
09.25.12 by Ryan
Break out the Kleenex.
Those that have read Yann Martel’s international best seller know that the big screen adaptation of Life of Pi has the potential to be as harrowing of an inspirational experience as its literary counterpart. The new, international trailer only seems to offer more evidence that director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain) has delivered on that promise. Life of Pi is set to premiere this weekend at the New York Film Festival before opening in wide release in November. While made up of footage largely taken from the movie's first trailer, the latest trailer starts with the adult Pi (Irrfan Khan), who is interviewed by a young writer (Rafe Spall, replacing Tobey Maguire) and begins to narrate his own story of his younger self (played by Suraj Sharma), who survives a disaster at sea only to find himself sharing a lifeboat with a vicious Bengal tiger. The latest trailer may be a bit more emotionally charged than the first, however, especially for those that can't help but be swooned by Coldplay's "Paradise" playing in the background.
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Maguire was formally replaced recently, and has worked with Lee before on the drama The Ice Storm, but apparently was too famous for the movie. "To be consistent with the other casting choices made for the film, I decided to go with an entirely international cast," said Lee in a statement to THR earlier this month. I very much admire Tobey and look forward to working with him again in the future."
For his part, Maguire didn't seem too upset by the decision and remains in support of the movie.
I fully support Ang's decision to go a different direction for this role in Life of Pi. Ang shared a lot of the film with me, and what I saw was absolutely beautiful.
Life of Pi was adapted by David Magee (Finding Neverland) and will be released on November 21st, plenty of time to build Oscar buzz.
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