First ‘Water for Elephants’ Trailer Starring Robert Pattinson & Reese Witherspoon

Published 3 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 6:45 am,

Water For Elephants Trailer1 First Water for Elephants Trailer Starring Robert Pattinson & Reese Witherspoon

Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen’s whimsical 2006 novel about life and love in a traveling circus during the 1930s, was a huge hit. Not only did it receive an Oprah’s Book Club recommendation (the Holy Grail of book recommendations), but the paperback version landed on top of the New York Times Best Seller list.

Obviously, a film adaptation with Twilight megastar Robert Pattinson was a foregone conclusion.

If Pattinson’s involvement makes all you Twilight haters want to head for the doors, I highly recommend you at least check out the first trailer for Water for Elephants. Yes, Pattinson may not be the world’s greatest actor, but he’s not the worst either.

Besides, when you flank him alongside two Academy Award winners (Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz), you kind of expect him to up his game.

Check out the first trailer for the movie, plus a plot summary, below. For a high-res version, head over to Apple.

Based on the acclaimed bestseller, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS presents an unexpected romance in a uniquely compelling setting. Veterinary school student Jacob meets and falls in love with Marlena, a star performer in a circus of a bygone era. They discover beauty amidst the world of the Big Top, and come together through their compassion for a special elephant. Against all odds — including the wrath of Marlena’s charismatic but dangerous husband, August — Jacob and Marlena find lifelong love.

Along with hundreds of thousands of other people, I read Water for Elephants and I really enjoyed it. It’s not the world’s deepest read, but it’s entertaining, has interesting characters, and offers an intriguing perspective on what it might actually be like to run away and join the circus (something we all considered as children).

From reading the book, I can say that Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon definitely don’t match what Jacob and Marlena looked like in my head. Of course, that’s just one man’s opinion. If you read the book, what do you think of the casting? Christoph Waltz doesn’t quite match my mental image either, but there’s something menacing about him that still works.

I’m cautiously optimistic about this movie. Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) is a talented director and the footage in the trailer looks beautiful. It has a kind-of Moulin Rouge vibe, minus Baz Luhrmann’s frenetic camerawork and general craziness. As I said before, the story is engaging and definitely lends itself to a film. The only concern I have is that the film doesn’t get too schmaltzy.

As I read the book, I kept thinking to myself, “I hope somebody doesn’t turn this into a bad TV movie like The Five People You Meet in Heaven.” It doesn’t look like that’s the case with Lawrence’s movie, but I’ll wait for the finished product to be sure.

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  1. i was interested when i first read about this film a few months ago but after seeing the trailer i may skip it. just seems cliche

    • read the book, there is nothing cliche about the story, hopefully Hollywood didn’t ruin it

  2. I might see it.
    Reese Witherspoon sure didnt say a lot in the trailer .

    • Actually, I noticed they avoided as much dialogue as possible. Gotta say, this looks pretty bad. To paraphrase a cliche, this seems over the big top.

  3. I’m willing to give anything with Waltz in it a chance, since IB put him in that rare class with the likes of Nicholson and Hanks, in that I’ll always want to at least see what they’ve done with a role.

    Finally saw Hal Holbrook on stage this year in his decades long acclaimed M.Twain. AMAZING. If you ever get a chance, its an event you’ll not soon forget.

  4. looks ok

  5. i read the book and loved it the cast are all stars in their own i do think “remember me” got a bad rap

    • I agree Remember Me was a worthy movie.

  6. I’m reading the book, so far it’s my favorite book and now my favorite actor Robert Pattinson in the movie? Perfect story!!!!! :D

  7. First, the trailer just “skimmed” over the movie…obviously, and from what I saw this movie is going to be “over the top”!
    Second, if you have not read Water for Elephants, (and you should) it is an intriguing love story… and its not the basic love story that you would think, I’m just saying. Also an amazing look into circus life and the strange characters involved.
    Third, Rob, Reese, and Christoph are going to surprise all of you…to me when I read WFE I definitely imagined these actors portraying the characters. They will draw you in!!
    Lastly, from seeing many BTS pictures as this film was being made, Mr Lawrence (the director)….did not miss a beat!

  8. The story was beautiful and it looks like the movie will be a hit.
    Great cast and Rosie is the star. Everyone loves the circus and Hal Holbrook playing Rob when he is older is absolutely perfect.
    Can’t wait…..

  9. Yaawn. This trailer makes me what to go to sleep.

  10. I totally agree with you, Rob! Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon look nothing like how I pictured Marlena and Jacob! Christoph Waltz doesn’t fit either. I pictured August older and more gruff I guess.

    Then again, I might be too picky but Water For Elephants is probably one of my favorite books! I would hate to see the movie tarnish the beauty of a wonderful book! But the trailer does look well done, but like you can’t always judge a movie by its trailer! (*cough* Transformers 2)

  11. i read the book, and i read the script. the script does a great job with the story, and there is so much more to the story then what is shown in the trailer. i will be there to see it.