Life of Pi Cast Grows

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Gerard Depardieu, Adil Hussain and Irrfan Khan are the latest names to join the cast of Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, reports Variety.

The trio will join the already-announced newcomer Suraj Sharma in the lead role, starring as a boy who becomes stranded in a tiny boat for 227 days with a number of zoo animals, including a Bengal tiger. The novel, written by Yann Martel and published in 2001, became an international bestseller.

Depardieu will play a cannibalistic chef with Hussain as Pi’s father and Khan, who was also just cast in Sony’s Spider-Man reboot playing an adult version of Pi.

Directing from a script by Finding Neverland‘s David Magee, Lee will start principal photography in January, shooting the entire film in 3D in Taiwan and India.

20th Century Fox has slated a holiday release for Life of Pi on December 14, 2012.