Life of Pi, the up-coming film adaptation of Yann Martel's Mann Booker Prize-winning novel.
Casting director Avy Kaufman conducted a worldwide talent search, auditioning up to 3000 youngsters for the role. Sharma, a 17-year old student from Delhi, India, has never acted before.
Now with the lead in place, principal photography for Life of Pi is scheduled to begin in January. The entire film will be shot in Taiwan and India.
The story follows Pi, who gets stranded for 227 days in shark-infested waters. He survives on a small 26-foot lifeboat with only a Bengal tiger, a wounded zebra, a spotted hyena, and a seasick orangutan as shipmates.