First look at Ang Lee's Life Of Pi

Boy meets tiger…

Life Of Pi, Ang Lee's take on Yann Martel's novel of the same name, has released a first official image featuring the titular Pi and his tiger companion, Richard Parker.

The film will tell the story of a young boy who finds himself stranded at sea for a mammoth 227 days. However, he's not out there alone, as he has the aforementioned tiger as well as a hyena, a zebra and an orang-utan for company.

To clarify, Pi is the son of a zookeeper, and he and the animals are all castaway together when the cargo ship taking them to America is wrecked at sea. When he's finally picked up by the Japanese authorities, they refuse to believe his outlandish tale. But what exactly is the truth behind Pi's incredible journey?

The first image gives us some idea of the epic scope of Lee's adaptation, with young Pi (played by newcomer Suraj Sharma) dwarfed by both the tiger in his lifeboat and the huge expanse of ocean behind him.

The film will be presented in 3D, which should make for quite the visual spectacle. Co-starring Tobey Maguire, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain and Gerard Depardieu, Life Of Pi will open in the UK on 21 December 2012.

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