‘Noah’ Trailer Preview & Poster: Death by Water [Updated]

Published 1 year ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:25 am,

CLICK TO WATCH: The Official Full Trailer for Noah


The first trailer for Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic Noah won’t be officially revealed until tomorrow, but the film has already been making waves. Noah reportedly received troubling feedback after test screenings with audiences from various religious backgrounds, and Aronofsky is said to have been resistant to the changes Paramount wanted him to make in the light of those reactions.

All this, of course, only makes the prospect of seeing a trailer for this controversial adaptation even more appealing. In keeping with the current trend, Paramount is teasing tomorrow’s reveal with a couple of very short previews, though the hype effect of these is dampened somewhat by the fact that the trailer was recently leaked online and a lot of people have already seen it, albeit a slightly fuzzy bootleg version.

Despite the aforementioned ill omens, the new preview from ET Online does show a lot of promise, not the least of which is the talent involved. Russell Crowe stars as the eponymous patriarch who receives a message from God in the form of a vision of “death by water,” while Jennifer Connelly plays his wife, Naameh, and Anthony Hopkins puts on his exposition hat as wise old Methusaleh. Meanwhile, Noah’s children are played by Emma Watson (Harry Potter), Douglas Booth (Romeo and Juliet) and Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief).

For Noah, Aronofsky once again teamed up with cinematographer Matthew Libatique (who has worked on all of Aronofsky’s films, with the exception of The Wrestler), and Noah certainly looks very pretty. Since Noah’s entire menagerie was created without using a single live animal, Industrial Light & Magic had to create some immensely complex digital effects shots in order to bring them all together, and some of the shots of the flooding – from the first raindrop to the world-encompassing ocean – look very impressive. The latter is also the subject of a new poster for Noah, in which the waters are shown rising to cover the last few peaks of exposed land.


Noah poster 280x170 Noah Trailer Preview & Poster: Death by Water [Updated]


While the story of Noah’s ark might be the best known of the many variants of the “flood myth,” it’s also open to a lot of interpretation and creative license, and descriptions of the plot so far suggest that Aronofsky has very much made it his own. For example, Noah will have a primary antagonist in the form of a barbaric warlord (Ray Winstone) who isn’t keen to easily accept his fate of being drowned for his sins. These might better be described as embellishments rather than changes, however, as the version of the story in the Bible is only a couple of thousand words long and doesn’t go into detail about what Noah and his family actually did during their year at sea.

If Noah really is as provocative as the reactions from test audiences seem to suggest, that could actually be a positive thing. After all, the last thing a movie about a worldwide flood sent forth by God’s wrath should be is boring.


Noah opens in theaters on March 28th, 2014.

Source: ET Online, CBM

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  1. Didn’t know anything about this till now,definitely going to see it.

  2. I saw this earlier today and I have to say it got me excited, I wasn’t really looking forward to it until now. I would have watched it anyway, Crowe, Connely, Hopkins and Aronofsky got to be worth a watch!

  3. Looks cool. Excited to see the trailer.

  4. Hollywood hasn’t gotten a Biblical story right yet. This looks to be no different.

    • Aronofsky said he doesn’t see it as a very religious story but more of a fable that has never been made in to a film. I know that probably wont appease people but there you go.

      • Not a religious story but a fable?

        Do I NEED to point out the irony in that statement?

        • Its not a statement it’s a direct quote from the director got a problem with it? take it up with Aronofsky. No you don’t need to point out the irony nor do you need to use caps lock to get your point across if its valid.

    • Wrong. I present to as evidence, ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’ from Martin Scorsese. A film Christians, and many Christian based faiths hate. Yet it’s probably the single greatest film about the Jesus. Ever.

  5. Aronofsky already stated Noah is supposed to be the first “eco-warrior”.


    If I’m not mistaken, the Biblical story is centered around the wrath of God… not about being eco-friendly.

    Just sayin…

  6. Can’t wait any longer

  7. the clips look promising. i have high hopes, and hope i won’t be disappointed.

  8. Since I am an atheist .. I am gonna classified this movie as science fiction

    • Even though i am a believer i am gonna classify this as speculative fiction.

    • I think you meant fantasy. As there is clearly no SCIENCE in this film so it would tough for it to be SCIENCE fiction.

      • there is a science.. The science is how the hell fit all those animals into one boat. N how did he get the kangaroos from Australia to the middle East .. There must been some kind of teleportation device or space ship

  9. Evan Almighty !!!!!! But very, very serious indeed with lots of dark shadowy visual and Russel Crow being all growly in the voice over..

  10. As a Christian who is often criticized by other Christians for holding to a local flood (Just the Tigris-Euphrates valley) viewpoint instead of a global flood (Entire planet) It should be interesting to see what is so “controversial” about this telling of the story.

    • I think its already being called controversial because of the climate in this country for the past few years. Anything even remotely religious creates controversy.

  11. +100