Sean Penn and Robert Pattinson are considering joining “Water for Elephants” at Fox 2000 reports Variety.
Based on the best-selling historical novel by Sara Gruen, the story centers on a 90-year-old man reminiscing about his life and is set during the Depression. At the time the man found work at a B-level circus taking care of the animals.
He sees the brutality of circus life while falling for the wife of an abusive animal trainer. Reese Witherspoon is already attached to play the wife.
Francis Lawrence will direct the film and Richard LaGravenese is adapting the screenplay.