Christian Bale Could Become Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 7:06 am,

“Ambitious” is a good term for Darren Aronofsky’s latest passion project, Noah – a retelling of the Noah’s Ark story that the Black Swan filmmaker promises will be closer to the adult tone of the Biblical tale in its original form. Seeing how the project is expected to cost around $130 million, it’s of little surprise to hear that Aronofsky has yet to secure proper studio backing for the cinematic venture.

Enter rumors that Aronofsky has approached an Academy Award-winning bankable actor (in the form of Christian Bale) to portray Noah in his film – and thus help secure the big-budget religious epic the funding it needs to move forward.

As Vulture mentions in its scoop, Noah is already set up at 20th Century Fox’s New Regency arm; however, the mini-studio cannot cover the $100 million-plus cost alone. Hence why having Bale in the title role could convince interested parties like Paramount, Summit, and Fox to co-finance the project and get it moving forward.

Here is what Aronofsky has said before, with regards to his interest in the Noah’s Ark story:

“I think it’s really timely because it’s about environmental apocalypse which is the biggest theme, for me, right now for what’s going on on this planet. So I think it’s got these big, big themes that connect with us. Noah was the first environmentalist. He’s a really interesting character… He’s a dark, complicated character.”

For an early look at Aronofsky’s Noah graphic novel, check out the trailer below:

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Having Bale play your leading man is always a plus, especially when the movie in question is a dark and complex character-oriented drama like Noah. Besides being a fitting powerhouse actor to portray the man ordered by God to preserve the human race (and most every other life form on Earth) in the wake of the apocalypse, Bale even looks a bit like Noah in Aronofsky’s upcoming comic book – when he has long hair and a beard, that is.

The casting of Bale would not automatically make Noah a go-picture, since his involvement doesn’t guarantee great returns at the box office – at least, when the project in question isn’t part of an established franchise like Batman or Terminator. However, between Aronofsky now being a bigger name thanks to the success of Black Swan, and Bale’s increasingly hot status in the wake of his Oscar win for The Fighter and The Dark Knight Rises on the horizon – studios would definitely be more willing to invest in the destined-for-controversy Noah with both these gentlemen onboard.

We’ll keep you posted on the status of Noah as more information is released.

Source: Vulture

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  1. I’m a huge Christian Bale fan and great admire Aronofsky’s talents. I was already interested in this hopefully upcoming film, but if these two end up working together my anticipation for the film will go through the roof!

    • Couldn’t have put it better myself.

  2. Sounds like a winning combination to me.

  3. I am a fan of both Aronofsky and Bale, if at all anything materialises I’m done for sure.

  4. I’m Noah (said in Batman voice)

    • Like! :D

  5. What happens when an animal wrecks his scene?…

  6. I think Liam Nesson would be better but Bale would be a great pick as long as he doesn’t use his batman voice.

    • but but……thats how they are gonna make it darker and more gritty!

      “Noah, the FIRST superhero from the dawn of time!”

      He will wear a sack cloth hood (with a big “N” sewn on his chest) and wield a big stick, undoing the evils of early man.

  7. Another novel adaptation? Come on, where are the original films Hollywood?

    • /directs DSB to the monkey in charge of the “movie remake push button decision board”

      They shouldn’t have included it if they never wanted the monkey to push that particular button. ;)

  8. @Seth the Bigfoot agreed noah should be a little older than bale and nesson fits that bill or Aronofsky could give Mel Gibson a tap he’s got previous in biblical movies is charlton heston still alive ?

    • No, he’s dead.

    • Plus, Heston was already Moses…TWO “water-based” Biblical saviors played by the same actor would be a bit TOO weird.

      :D

  9. The story of Noah is pretty cool, and Bale and Aronofsky are both pretty talented. Sounds pretty good!

  10. Let’s put it this way: As a born-again Christian, I don’t trust EITHER of these men NOR Hollywood to get this right! You wanna get this right?! Let a Christian filmmaker/production company handle this! At least they’ll have respect for the original source material(Not to mention for the dude who dictated it to the men who wrote it down for Him: God, of course!), alright?!

    • Ummm, you DO realize the Noah story is from the OLD Testament, right? That makes it a Jewish story, not a Christian one…or, at least, not SPECIFICALLY a Christian one. I could understand it more if you had said that you think someone with a concrete understanding of, or belief in, the Judeo-Christian Bibleshould make this film.

      • Noah wasn’t a Jew. The Israelites weren’t chosen until Abraham. That was AFTER the worldwide flood. The worldwide flood happened around Genesis 9-11.

        • I never said Noah was Jewish. I said the story is Old Testament, not New. That means, historically, it is a story written for people of the Jewish faith. I stand by what I wrote.

          • Ask A Jew what books they read. They don’t use all the OT. The Christians were grafted into their vine by God so the OT AND NT are for Christians. IT is ALL HIStory. One needs to read BOTH the OT & NT to understand both.

  11. The Old Testament, as a whole, was the primary text for the Jewish people BEFORE the Christians came forth and adopted it into their own much larger textual reference. Yes, Jews do use other texts, and not all Jews use the entire OT all the time, BUT it WAS originally a collection of writings for the Israelites/Jews.

    I’m not sure WHY we’re even having this back-and-forth. I never said Christians didn’t or COULDN’T use the OT…it is, in fact, part of their BIBLE. I was simply responding to cyberman and his call for a Christian filmmaker to make a “right” or “true” film based on the Noah story, when a Jewish (or even Muslim) filmmaker could do just as accurate and good a job with the original material.

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