Lee counting on Life Of Pi star
Ang Lee has said he is counting on the innocent looks and storytelling ability of an Indian boy to assure the success of Yann Martel’s Life Of Pi, the fantasy book he is making into a film.
“There is no dialogue, and he is not Tom Hanks,” Lee said of the boy. “The film is about humankind’s spiritual pursuit, and he must have an appealing temperament.”
The Oscar-winning director chose 17-year-old Suraj Sharma from 3,000 candidates for the title role of the boy who drifts on the open sea with a Bengal tiger and a hyena, saved after a ship carrying the rest of his family sinks.
“I have not seen any good movies about water,” he said. “Then I realised 3D could be a way to break the dilemma.”