an unknown Indian teen, Suraj Sharma, according to Variety.  The 17-year-old beat out more than 3,000 other actors to play the role of a young man stuck on a life raft with a tiger in the 3D film, which has a December 2012 release date. Ang Lee is set to direct.

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