I actually read Water for Elephants a couple of years ago. (I’m not as much of a reader now, as my attention span has reduced along with technology. I get books on the iPad and end up watching movies on Netflix instead. I tried to read The Help a couple of weeks ago, but ended up putting it down. Is it racist to only have the black women speak in poorly rendered slang or am I reading too much into that book?)
Water for Elephants was an incredible read and I was so excited to hear that was being made into a movie with Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson. I pictured someone younger than Reese for Marlena, but Reese’s acting ability will surely help her carry that role. Circus star Marlena is regal and wounded, and young Jacob comes along to provide some respite from an abusive relationship with her cruel husband, played by Christoph Waltz.
This trailer makes it look like the film really does justice to the book, and I love that they’re using the same premise of the having it retold by the protagonist as a 93 year-old nursing home resident. (Hal Holbrook plays the other version of Robert Pattinson.) Also, I just checked IMDB and James Frain is in it! I just squealed a little.
I won’t give away anything more about the film, which is out in the US on April 15. It’s so nice to see a good trailer and get jazzed for a new movie.