It’s been roughly a year since word first broke that Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream auteur Darren Aronofsky was planning a film – and a comic book – based on the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark. Since then, Noah has been gradually moving toward production.

A pet project of Aronofsky’s, the film has already signed on Oscar winners Russell Crowe and Anthony Hopkins, and if that casting isn’t enough to indicate the epic scale Aronofsky is shooting for, the director took to his Twitter account to share the first look of the Ark set itself, currently under construction.

Check out the photo below:

Most blockbusters these days tend to opt for the technical wizardry of digital artists to create the majority of the sets and backdrops. As such, it’s refreshing that Aronofsky seems to be committed to practical sets whenever possible. Fellow indie-turned-Hollywood filmmaker Christopher Nolan (whose Dark Knight Rises opens this week, in case you hadn’t heard) has stuck to the same principle with his more high-profile projects.

This is not to say that Noah won’t feature its share of visual effects, especially with respect to The Great Flood that sits at the center of the film’s plot. However, if Aronofsky’s goal is to hue as closely as possible to classic Biblical epics such as The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur, the sheer size and scope of his Ark suggest he’s on the right track. One could imagine that the late great Charlton Heston would be proud that such films remain relevant in the modern cinematic landscape.

Though the film may function as a homage to those 1950s Biblical epics, Aronofsky’s films are known for being harshly original and disturbingly surreal. How he marries an old school aesthetic with his distinctly modern sensibilities could make for an intriguing moviegoing experience, to say the least.

Does this first photo give you a bit more faith in Noah, or do you remain unconvinced that Aronofsky will deliver a compelling film? Let us know in the comments.

Noah is set to hit theaters on March 28, 2014.

Source: Darren Aronofsky’s Twitter Account