Now we’ve gotten our first official look at the trailer for “Water for Elephants,” Pattinson and Witherspoon’s love story set in a Depression-era circus. The footage buries the lede somewhat: It’s a full 37 seconds before we get our first look at RPattz as Jacob Janowski. But the trailer neatly contextualizes the storyline.
The film is told as a flashback, with Jacob’s 90-something-year-old self looking back on the events of his youth. Back then, he found himself in the midst of some unnamed circus-based tragedy. What happened, we don’t know (well, unless we read the book), but we have a feeling this story isn’t going to end well.
The trailer waits almost another 20 seconds to introduce us to Witherspoon’s character, Marlena Rosenbluth, an elegant performer with a knack for getting horses to do near-magical feats. Pattinson is immediately intrigued by her, calling her a “beautiful woman [who] deserves a beautiful life.” The only problem is that she’s married to Christoph Waltz’s August Rosenbluth, a dark-minded animal trainer.
No matter! Jacob and Marlena fall in love and together begin to look for a way to create a life with each other. But where can they go? As Marlena tells him, in the circus, “I’m a star. Out there, I got nothing.”
Directed by Francis Lawrence (“I Am Legend”) and based on the New York Times best-seller, “Water for Elephants” hits theaters on April 15.
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