Just about every filmmaker out there wants to work with Michael Fassbender and it’s easy to see why; over the past year alone, the Germany-born actor has delivered acclaimed performances in the films Jane Eyre, X-Men: First Class, A Dangerous Method, and this week’s new release, Shame. The man has also been mentioned as a prospective to star in upcoming projects like the RoboCop remake and possibly even become the next James Bond (once Daniel Craig’s run as the character is complete).
That’s all to say: Darren Aronofsky definitely has his work cut out for him, now that the filmmaker is looking to bring Fassbender on to headline his $130 million Biblical epic, Noah.
Christian Bale was previously giving thought to starring as the namesake of Noah, but Variety has confirmed that he is instead pressing ahead with a pair of Terrence Malick films as his followup to The Dark Knight Rises. While Fassbender has not yet officially been offered the lead role in Noah, inside word is that he has already discussed the part with Aronofsky.
Fassbender is committed to reuniting with his Hunger and Shame helmer, Steve McQueen, a third time on the film 12 Years a Slave, but his upcoming work schedule is otherwise open (for the time being). Paramount is the studio backing Noah and it remains set on a Spring 2012 production start date for the project – so scheduling shouldn’t be an issue for Fassbender.
Despite the actor’s ubiquity of late, Fassbender is clearly very selective about which films he appears in and prefers to only work with the cream of the crop (case in point – in 2012, he’ll appear in both Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire and Ridley Scott’s Prometheus). Suffice it to say, the chance to work with a director of Aronofsky’s caliber is one that the actor will definitely give serious thought to.
Aronofsky previously planned to make The Wolverine both his first big-budget production and his followup to Black Swan, but (sadly) passed on that comic book flick in favor of Noah: a passion project for the man, who has already turned an earlier draft of the film’s screenplay into a comic book. Similar to Aronofsky’s previous graphic novel-turned-movie, The Fountain, this Biblical epic is expected to feature lots of evocative (apocalyptic) imagery – not to mention, touch on some taboo subjects present in the original Noah’s Ark story that were often left out in later re-tellings.
Noah could very well prove to be Aronofsky’s most profitable film to date, given how well the original story is known around the world, even by non-religious types. While creative control on expensive (not to mention, potentially controversial) projects like this is often an issue, it stands to reason that Paramount does actually know what Aronofsky has in mind here, seeing how the Noah comic book basically serves as an elaborate storyboard for the film version. Thus, the director shouldn’t encounter much resistance in bringing his particular vision to life.
We will continue to keep you posted on the status of Noah as more information is released.