Tobey Maguire has committed to join Fox 2000’s adaptation of Yann Martel’s bestselling novel “Life of Pi.” Pic will reteam the actor with director Ang Lee, with whom he previously worked on “The Ice Storm” and “Ride With the Devil.”
Newcomer Suraj Sharma stars as the title character, a boy cast adrift in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. The film co-stars Gerard Depardieu, Adil Hussain and Bollywood actress Tabu, who will play Pi’s mother.
“Slumdog Millionaire” star Irrfan Khan will play the adult Pi; Maguire will play a writer who interviews him about his life-changing experience.
Lee is directing the 3D pic from a script adapted by David Magee. Gil Netter and David Womark are producing “Pi,” which is set for release on Dec. 14, 2012.
“I am delighted that Tobey has joined the film,” Lee said. “He is one of my favorite actors that I have had the pleasure of working with, and I am so excited that we get to work together for the third time.”
Maguire next stars alongside Elizabeth Banks in Jacob Aaron Estes’ dark comedy “The Details,” which the Weinstein Co. picked up at Sundance and will release later this year. Thesp is gearing up to shoot Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” this summer with Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan. He’s also producing the New Line musical “Rock of Ages” via his Maguire Entertainment banner.
Maguire is repped by CAA and Management 360.