Russell Crowe Starring in Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ (UPDATE: First Look)
[UPDATE #9] Check out our first official look at Russell Crowe in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, after the jump.
[UPDATE #8] Madison Davenport (Shameless) has been added as Na’el in Aronofsky’s Noah. “In the Bible, Na’eltama’uk is the wife of Ham (Logan Lerman), one of Noah’s sons.”
[UPDATE #7] Darren Aronofsky has added his Cain & Abel to Noah with unknown Icelandic actors Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson (“Reykjavik-Rotterdam”) and Arnar Dan. For those not fresh on their Old Testament: “Cain and Abel were the sons of Adam and Eve, with Cain killing his brother after he grew jealous when God took Abel’s offerings instead of his own. He was given a mark, warning others of God’s vengeance that awaited those who commited murder, and he was forced to wander the Earth in punishment.”
[UPDATE #6] Marton Csokas (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, The Bourne Supremacy) is joining in a supporting role for Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. He’ll be joined by Kevin Durand (Cosmopolis) and Dakota Goyo (Real Steel).
[UPDATE #5] Anthony Hopkins is getting biblical as Methuselah, who’s “the oldest person whose age is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible. Extra-biblical tradition maintains that he died on the 11th of Cheshvan of the year 1656, at the age of 969, seven days before the beginning of the Great Flood. Methuselah was grandfather to Noah.” Aronofsky confirmed the casting of Hopkins on Twitter: “I’m honored to be working with the great sir anthony hopkins. we just added him to the stellar cast of #Noah. #methuselahlives.”
[UPDATE #4] Looks like Aronofsky has found his villain for Noah in Ray Winstone (Snow White and the Huntsman). No details has been offered on the role, but the director has always wanted an actor who can play ”grit and size to be convincing as he goes head to head against Crowe’s Noah.” Liam Neeson and Val Kilmer were at one point in contention for the role. Production begins this summer with a scheduled release date on March 28, 2014.
[UPDATE #3] Here’s another big casting coup for Aronofsky’s Noah Emma Watson has won the role of “Ila, a young woman who develops a close relationship with Noah’s son, Shem.” Also, Liev Schreiber is “a leading contender” for the antagonist and that Julianna Moore is being considered for the role of Noah’s wife, and not the oft-rumored Jennifer Connelly.
[UPDATE #2] Aronofsky has just added two new young faces and sons to Noah with Logan Lerman and Douglas Booth, who’ll be playing brothers Ham (the eldest) and Shem (the youngest) respectively. It’s also been mentioned that Liam Neeson was to play Noah’s nemesis and finally, will not be appearing in the film. Jennifer Connelly is still in contention to play Noah’s wife.
Here’s an official description of the film:
NOAH is a close adaptation of the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark. In a world ravaged by human sin, Noah is given a divine mission: to build an Ark to save creation from the coming flood. The screenplay was written by Aronofsky and Ari Handel and revised by Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter John Logan (GLADIATOR, HUGO).
[UPDATE #1] April 27, 2012 – Looks like some of those rumors of Jennifer Connelly teaming back up with Darren Aronofksy aren’t so far off. They worked together on Requiem for a Dream and Paramount Film Group President Adam Goodman spilled the beans that Connelly, joined by Saoirse Ronan will be in the film. Read his comment after the jump. [Indiewire]
Here’s what Goodman had to say:
“It will be a big, robust production and will have tremendous scale. It’s the perfect combination of casting and a remarkable adventure,” Goodman explained. ”This isn’t what you think of when you think of Darren, but it will be very true to him as a filmmaker. It will be PG-13 and will likely cost around $125 million.”
Russell Crowe will indeed be donning a beard and ancient robes to play the part of Patriarch Noah in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. Aronofsky has said that his take won’t be religious-centric, but how can it not? Crowe also wasn’t Aronofsky’s first choice. Christian Bale was to star before he signed onto Terrence Malick’s directing resurgence.
The AV Club succinctly said that Crowe’s casting could be the best choice:
“Judging by the general Internet reaction to the film so far, Noah is likely to spark a prolonged, irritatingly circular theological debate over whether the story represents fact or fable, and nothing shuts down a debate like the look on Russell Crowe’s face.”
“I don’t think it’s a very religious story… I think it’s a great fable that’s part of so many different religions and spiritual practices.”
Noah is expected to begin production in July and you can expect more casting updates in the next few weeks.