Fans of Sara Gruen’s blockbuster 2006 novel, Water for Elephants, are a rabid bunch, and we think it’s safe to say that Gruen’s fan base is going to increase exponentially come April 15, 2011. That’s the theatrical release date for the big screen version of the novel, starring Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson and Oscar-winners Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz.

Water for Elephants is the story of Jacob Jankowski (played by Hal Holbrook and Pattinson), an old man in a nursing home reflecting on his remarkable life spent with the Benzini Brothers, a second-rate depression-era circus. He falls in love with the circus’s beautiful animal trainer, Marlena (played by Witherspoon), and his life is forever changed.

I listened to Water for Elephants on tape last year, and while I enjoyed it, I had some major quibbles with the structure. When I heard Rob and Reese had been cast as Jacob and Marlena, I was excited; after seeing this trailer (which was released yesterday) I am absolutely chomping at the bit to see the movie. The glamour! The intrigue! The romance!

Are you a fan of Water for Elephants? Will you go see the film next spring? Check out the trailer and let us know what you think in the comments.

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