‘Noah’ Images: Meet the Characters in Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical Epic

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Darren Aronofsky planning Noahs Ark movie Noah Images: Meet the Characters in Darren Aronofskys Biblical Epic

Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky is finally making an expensive cinematic epic, after having tried (and having failed) to do so with his original vision for The Fountain (followed several years later by his departure from the X-Men film The Wolverine).

The project in question is Noah, a retelling of the Noah’s Ark story – based on the graphic novel written by Aronofsky and illustrated by Nico Henrichon – that the filmmaker is assembling, with the intention of creating a Biblical blockbuster that’s as viscerally-powerful and emotionally-brutal as the original tale featured in the Book of Genesis. Russell Crowe is playing Noah, alongside his A Beautiful Mind costar Jennifer Connelly as Noah’s wife, Naameh.

Rounding out the main cast of Aronofsky’s Noah film are Emma Watson as Noah’s daughter-in-law Ila, Watson’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower costar Logan Lerman as Noah’s son, Ham, Anthony Hopkins as Noah’s grandfather Methuselah (who is traditionally close to a millennium-old in the story), and Ray Winstone (Snow White and the Huntsman) as a character written specifically for Aronofsky’s retelling; who, in the story, opposes Noah’s decision to build an enormous ark, as he believes the act to be a form of madness (rather than the will of God).

Check out promo images from Noah, which feature all of the aforementioned cast members in character (via RealWallFlower and The Film Stage):

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We actually got our first look at Crowe as Noah almost a year ago, back when Aronofsky was shooting on location around Iceland. The ragged costumes and ratty hairstyles boasted by the rest of the cast is in keeping with Crowe’s grizzled appearance, as well as the generally harsh and miserable nature of the film’s ancient world setting.

Noah depicts a world that has been ruined, thanks to large expanses of humankind committing barbaric acts against one another (and the Earth) in their relentless campaigns to conquer and claim what they can for themselves. Because of that, Aronofsky has referred to Noah as being “the first environmentalist” and promised that his version of the story will not exclude the less savory portions of the Biblical source material (like, Noah’s propensity for getting drunk on wine).

That said, don’t expect the film to feature quite the same amount of nightmarish imagery and adult content as, say, Black Swan; something closer to The Fountain is to be expected, tonally-speaking.

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Noah opens in U.S. theaters on March 28th, 2014.

Source: RealWallFlower [via The Film Stage]

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  1. Looks pretty good

  2. Jor El can kick Moses’ butt.

    • Arggggggggghhhhhh ! Sorry. Noah NOT moses.

    • EDIT: Noah not moses.

      • With all that water, be it the flood or the Red Sea crashing down, whoever has Aquaman or Sub-mariner on their side will score the win!

        • heh. Well, in this case, it would be Aqua Man. Unless Aronofsky is doing a cross over.

      • Perhaps he can, but we all know Maximus can beat both of them at the same time.

  3. I’ll definitely give it a watch!

    • Or should I say, there is “Noah” way I would miss this for the world?!

      • Since I have already read the Bible, I can probably predict the story-”arc”….!~

        • Hope it does not “wash out” at the theater!

          • I imagine people will be flooding the theaters.

            • I imagine the haters will soon be eating Crowe.

            • Cute.

              • For Nick and Ezra, great wit. It’s good to see I am not the only one who can “float” a funny comment or have an idea that holds water.

                • Yeah, those 2 are a pair of cubits. I’ll bet it took them 40 seconds and a 40 to come up with those phrases. :-D

                  • Kahless, please stop Hamming it up.

            • Also pretty good.

  4. Those images look impressive. I’m definitely looking forward to this movie.

    As a young Christian American, I greatly enjoyed The History Channel’s Biblical drama “The Bible” and I’ve been follow Aronofsky’s film development of the Biblical historical account of Noah ever since it first went into production.

    Biblical Epics were a financial stable in Hollywood’s golden years back in the 1950′s with such classic blockbusters like Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments and MGM’s Ben-Hur both of which featured Charlton Heston in the lead roles and it’s very refreshing to see Hollywood returning to “The Good Book” for a fresh outtake on the Spiritual Heroes and their stories which help define Humanity as we seek a purpose driven life. DC Comics’ Man of Steel movie was truly a spiritual blockbuster and I really look forward to seeing what Zack Snyder does in the sequel.

    I think that Noah might be one of the biggest spiritual movies we’ve had since Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” and Warner Bros. Pictures “The Book of Eli”.

    It’s going to be a real treat to see Emma Watson perform alongside Darren Aronofsky in “Noah”.

    • I’m an atheist but I still keep an open mind. Have a lot of friends and family who are religious.

      You bring up a VERY good perspective. There was A LOT of Christian symbolism in MAN OF STEEL. And I’m not just talking about the obvious Superman as Jesus meme.

      There were a few shots where there were crosses in the back round. Talk about Providence. There was a shot where we CLEARLY see Martha Kent wearing a cross. And how about the entire scene where Clark/Kal El asks the young priest what he should do?

      I thought it was all kind of cool. It’s got me thinking about how most other movies shun this sort of thing.

      And as an atheist I wasn’t offended at all….

      • Yeah, when they showed that shot of Kal-El’s face next to Jesus’s face in the background, half of my theater started chuckling/groaning. I understand what you were trying to do there Snyder, but try to be more subtle about it.

        • Where was this scene, dude? I’ve seen MOS 3 times and missed the shot you’re talking about.

          Maybe I DID see it but got caught up with other aspects of the flick.

          • @ Kryptonic
            It’s the scene when Clark goes to see the Priest.
            One part of the scene has Clark framed in front of a stained glass window.

      • @Kryptonic Another medium that makes use of Religious and Spiritual iconography is anime. I’ve seen many anime series that have Christian elements in undertones of the story and in the objects featured in the backgrounds and foregrounds.

        Earlier this week I was watching the first episode of SyFy Channel’s Sinbad and I also noticed some Judeo/Islamic spiritual tones. The one that stood out the most to me was the fact that the boat on which Sinbad stows-away is called “Providence” and the coin the man flips to determine our protagonist fate featured a relief of the Qur’an on the side which landed face up.

        In regards to Man of Steel, another movie that had similar, yet more sublime Christian themes was Sam Raimi’s Spider Man 3 and Mark Steven Johnson’s Daredevil.

        • Great insight, Phoenix…

          I don’t watch too much anime but i just happen to have both Dare Devil and Spider Man 3 on Disc. Haven’t seen them in a long time but you’ve given me good reason to dust them off and watch them tonight.

          Cheers to ya!

          • Robocop was also described as a modern Jesus tale with Alex Murphy’s sacrifice and then subsequent resurrection as Robocop. Paul Verhoeven mentions a lot of references to Jesus in that movie.

        • japanese culture is greatly influnced by shinto not christian but only in the last few centuries has christianity slowly been acccepted there is a doc on youtube about it cant remember the name

      • I was offended, but not by the religious imagery. I was offended by the Sears ads. She wears a Sears lanyard in one scene. And Superman just happens to crash into a Sears. Not sure why I’m offended, but there you go.

        • Snyder and Nolan are just entwining spirituality with consumerism on a grand scale. Nothing to be concerned about.

  5. Man Of Steel had me longing again for another epic starring Russell Crowe.
    I watched Gladiator 6 times in theater. It was practically a religious experience.

    Epic is what we will be getting with Noah. Which may be more fable than religion
    in Aronofsky’s vision of the story but if it works it might still end up religious for me.

    • Gladiator was a fairly enjoyable movie. There had been talk of doing a prequel flick after Gladiator did well, but it apparently never got off the ground.

      • Yeah, I think it was a sequel, actually,
        without Russell but still Ridley directing.

        I loved it, obviously.

        Russell Crowe was like Richard Burton on steroids.

      • Supposedly there was a script floating around for a sequel where Maximus was resurrected by the gods and becomes a Highlander-style immortal warrior. Seriously.

    • Man of Steel made Crowe watchable and heroic again. I think I rooted for his Jor-El every bit as much as I did Superman.

      • Exactly the feeling I had watching him in MOS, Jason.

  6. A Noah’s Ark movie with Russell Crowe and Emma Watson? I’m in! This will be the first time seeing the world in ruins and mankind worse than ever. I always thought it would be interesting to see this kind of world on screen, with mankind SO corrupt that God wipes most of them out. I don’t think we have seen a movie where mankind is THIS screwed up.

  7. Moses movie starring Liam Neeson. Come on, make it happen!

    • He told them he’d find his people.

      • Plot for Taken 3. Why not?

        • :D

    • Liam Neeson is such a great actor. He gave voice to the Christ figure of Aslan (Lion of Judah) in Disney’s adaption of C.S. Lewis’s epic spiritual allegory The Chronicles of Narnia and it would be super awesome to see him in the role of Moses. I certainly enjoyed him in Star Wars The Phantom Menace as the fatherly Jedi Master Qui Gon Jinn.

      However, from what I’ve read Warner Brothers and Steven Spielberg seem to have chosen Christian Bale for the role of Moses in “Gods and Kings”. I just hope that Legendary Pictures get’s John Milton’s Paradise Lost out of development limbo. I also think that the epic Catholic poem “Dante’s Inferno” would also make a great PG-13 epic movie spiritual adventure movie if developed by either Peter Jackson or more preferable Guillermo Del Toro.

  8. These photos do point to something distinctive looking.
    Which is the least to expect with Darren Aronofsky.

  9. I read the book i know the ending the black dies in it.

  10. oh by the way i am black so i can write that

  11. ET Was a moviéndose with a lot of Christian symbolism!!!

  12. As soon as I saw the pic of Ray Winstone I realized that I’d much rather see him playing Noah.

    • Blasphemy.

      I do like Ray though.
      He’s always good.

  13. Emma Watson…..YES PLEASE. Oh yeah and Darren Aronofsky is pretty good I guess.

  14. Bring on the biblical epics! What I’d love to see Crowe in is a return to lucky Jack Aubury in “Master and Commander” Far side of the world was awesome, tho “far side” wasnt the first title, strange they called it that by the way there were many before it, and Ive always wanted to see it keep going with say “Post Captain” or any of the books, there are lots to choose from and I’ve never figured out why it stopped at Far side, I know Crowe would love to make more like he has said in interviews, so cmon Russ Master and Commander!

    • I’m still waiting for my biblical end the world movie either based on Hal Lindsey’s (Late Great Planet Earth) or directly from the Scriptures. (Y)

  15. Despite “ragged costumes and ratty hairstyles … grizzled appearance [and] the generally harsh and miserable nature of the film’s ancient world setting” Jennifer Connelly still manages to look gorgeous. Had DC gotten its act together 10-15 years ago, she’d have made a formidable Wonder Woman.

    Otherwise, I’m waiting on a trailer before deciding on this project.

    • Yes. I wanted her for Wonder Woman back in the day too.

      • I’ve no reason to think she would have done it, but she certainly could have! ;)

        • Right. These types of films did not have the same appeal to do then.
          Especially for Jennifer who was pushing for the serious actress roles.

  16. If I want to see fantasy I will watch The Avengers!

    • Aronofsky is an atheist, and the script reportedly features giant 6-armed angels, so it’s not like anyone is presenting this as a factual historical account.

      • Really? This is not going to be historically accurate? I’m aghast, how could this be :)

  17. This looks great. I’m on board for anything Aronofsky does. If he can successfully translate his sensibilities to a film with this scale it could be incredible.

  18. This is a “true” Christian article about this film.

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  19. No doubt this is a very compelling-looking project. Aronovsky is maybe the most interesting well-known director + a great cast + a well-known cinematic story that has never gotten this sort of treatment.

    I do think it’s quite interesting, the seeming renewed vitality of the Bible as a source of film/TV material. Certainly it has been largely untapped in recent decades.