Suraj Sharma Cast In “Life of Pi”

17-year-old newcomer Suraj Sharma has been cast in the lead role of the film adaptation of Yann Martel’s Booker Prize-winning novel “Life of Pi” at Fox 2000 reports Variety.

The coming-of-age story revolves around a youth who is the lone survivor of a sunken freighter and winds up sharing a lifeboat with a hyena, an injured zebra, an orangutan and a hungry Bengal tiger.

Sharma is a student who lives with his mathematician parents. Ang Lee (“Brokeback Mountain”) directs from a script by David Magee (“Finding Neverland”) and shooting kicks off in January in Taiwan and India for release Xmas 2012.