Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” finally comes to life in a new trailer that shows his trademark filmmaking skills and gorgeous cinematography. The 3D adventure stars Suraj Sharma as “Pi” Patel who is cast adrift in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger.

The film, based on author Yann Martel’s book by the same name, took a circuitous route to production.

A number of directors and writers, including M. Night Shyamalan, were attached to the project before Lee and writer David Magee landed the Fox picture. It was filmed in 3D in Jan. 2011 in Taiwan and India.

The story is about a teen who is the lone survivor of a shipwreck during a vicious storm. The cargo is a menagerie of animals from his father’s zoo, including a Bengal tiger that ends up in the only lifeboat. Pi is confined to a makeshift life raft but over time he develops a relationship with the fierce tiger.

The overriding themes are hope and survival against all odds and the remarkable building of a relationship between man and beast. They survive for 227 days together. The book also is very spiritual and Pi’s adventure is also a search for understanding and god.

The book is a complex metaphor and how the movie will handle the symbolism of the animals remains to be seen. The trailer opens with dramatic footage of the ship on a dark storm tossed sea and cuts to Pi discovering the lifeboat and its cargo.

The film will hit theaters on Nov. 21 and could be a sleeper hit of the Christmas season. Check out the trailer below.