A teenage boy and a 250-pound Bengal tiger, stranded on a tiny lifeboat and adrift at sea sounds like the plot for a very short story that doesn't end well for the boy.
But in Yann Martel's prize-winning novel, Life of Pi, the journey adrift lasts 227 days and has inspired a full-length feature film adaptation due out this year. Helmed by Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain), the trailer hints at gorgeous, sweeping cinematography worthy of the book.
We're treated to scenes of the massive storm that sinks the ship on which Pi's family is traveling, the lifeboat and the mysterious island where Pi and Richard Parker, the tiger, land.
CinemaCon audiences got a pick at some of Pi's 3D footage in April, with one theater owner describing it as "mind-blowing."
It stars newcomer Suraj Sharma as Pi, along with Irrfan Khan as the adult Pi, Gerard Depardieu as the Chef and Tobey Maguire as Yann Martel.
Life of Pi is scheduled for a November 21 release.