Film Title: Water for Elephants (2011)
Film Type: Drama
Reese Witherspoon as Marlena Rosenbluth
Robert Pattinson as Jacob Jankowski
Christoph Waltz as August Rosenbluth
Tai as Rosie the elephant
James Frain as Rosie's caretaker
Hal Holbrook as Older Jacob Jankowski
Paul Schneider as Charlie O'Brien
Ken Foree as Earl
Tim Guinee as Diamond Joe
Mark Povinelli as Kinko/Walter
Scott MacDonald as Blackie
Jim Norton as Camel
Richard Brake as Grady
Francis Lawrence (also directed "Constantine" with Keanu Reeves and "I am Legend" with Will Smith)
Richard LaGravenese (Screenplay)
Sara Gruen (Novel)
Andrew R. Tennenbaum
After his parents was killed, a young veterinary student, Jacob Jankowski, played by Robert Pattinson (Twilight) was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. It was the early part of the great Depression, and for Jacob (Holbrook), now ninety, the circus world he remembers was both his salvation and a living hell. A student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie.
It was there that he met Marlena, (Witherspoon) the beautiful equestrian star married to August (Waltz), the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an un-trainable elephant who was the great gray hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and, ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.
Filming of "Water for Elephants" began on May 20, 2010 in Los Angeles, Piru, Fillmore in California; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Kensington and Chickamauga in Georgia. The filming wrapped up on August 4, 2010. This is the second time Witherspoon and Pattinson have costarred together as they had filmed a deleted scene from 2004's Vanity Fair in which he was her estranged son. Reshoots for the film were scheduled for mid January, 2011.
ABOUT THE FILM:
Water for Elephants is a 2011 drama film based on Sara Gruen's novel of the same name, directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Robert Pattinson as Jacob Jankowski, Reese Witherspoon as Marlena and Christoph Waltz as August. Hal Holbrook will play the older Jacob Jankowski.
Other cast members include Mark Povinelli as Kinko/Walter, Jim Norton as Camel, Scott MacDonald as Blackie, James Frain as Rosie's caretaker, Ken Foree as Earl and Paul Schneider as Charlie O'Brien.
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