Tobey Maguire has been cast in Ang Lee's
Life of Pi
actor will play a reporter who interviews Pi as an older man, following his experiences on the boat.
Presumably his character will play an important role in Lee's technique of adapting the story, as the key events will surely be filtered through the two men's interaction.
Acting-wise, things have been a little quiet for Maguire recently but that looks set to change: he's appearing in
with Elizabeth Banks and Ray Liotta this year, and he'll be playing Nick Carraway in Baz Luhrmann's
The lead role of Pi will be played by newcomer Suraj Sharma, with
actor Irrfan Khan portraying his older incarnation, and the animals are expected to be CGI-animated. The film, like
, will be arriving in 3D.
A number of directors, including M. Night Shyamalan, Alfonso Cuaron and Jean-Pierre Jeunet, previously attempted to adapt the prize-winning novel to no avail, so it's promising to hear that Lee's version is still moving forward.
Life of Pi
is expected to arrive in cinemas on 14 December 2012.