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Film trailer: Witherspoon, Waltz and Pattinson in 'Water for Elephants'

The first trailer for Water for Elephants has been released online, starring Robert Pattinson (' The Twilight Saga') with Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon ( Walk the Line) and Christoph Waltz ( Inglorious Basterds) in a period romantic drama based on Sara Gruen's bestselling novel.

The footage shows Pattinson as the young man, caretaking the animals of the Big Top, and falling in love with the beautiful circus performer Marlena, played by Witherspoon, who is married to the show's cruel animal trainer, portrayed by Waltz.

The story follows a veterinary student who drops out of school to run off with a traveling circus after his parents are killed. At 90, he looks back at this evocative chapter in his life, set during the Great Depression, the bond he developed with Rosie, a special elephant, and refers to a disaster that occurs.

Directed by Francis Lawrence (I am Legend), Water for Elephants hits US theaters and Germany on April 15, followed by the UK and other countries April 22.