Russell Crowe and Liam Neeson Wanted for Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:26 pm,

The search continues for a credible actor to take on the iconic lead role in director Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, an expensive cinematic retelling of the famous Biblical tale that is slated to begin production by Summer 2012. While big names such as Christian Bale and Michael Fassbender have been previously broached about the titular part, neither one was able to accept the “challenge” (due largely to scheduling conflicts, it seems).

Aronofsky has reportedly decided on a new candidate to take on the part of the eponymous prophet – namely, Oscar-winner (and all around busy actor) Russell Crowe. Furthermore, the Black Swan helmer is said to want Liam Neeson to tackle a pivotal supporting part in the $130 million production.

In its report, Deadline admits that Crowe hasn’t worked out an actual deal to appear in Noah just yet, but that “signs are pointing that way.” The decorated New Zealander has been working pretty hard of late, appearing in films such as The Man with the Iron Fists and Man of Steel, with Broken City being the current item on his to-do list. However, he should be available to commit to the Aronofsky project, seeing how Crowe will have completed work on Broken City – and have his turn as Inspector Javert in director Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables musical adaptation wrapped up - by the time shooting on Noah gets going.

While Neeson’s potential part in Noah hasn’t been officially revealed yet, there’s a good chance he’s up for the “villain” role mentioned recently by Aronofsky’s stalwart cinematographer, Matthew Libatique. That is, Neeson would play the Doubting Thomas to Crowe’s Noah, ie. one of the protagonist’s peers, who constantly questions whether he is truly performing God’s will – or is merely delusional.

Crowe and Neeson are an acting dream team – previously featured onscreen together in the 2010 thriller The Next Three Days. Noah would undoubtedly offer both of these experienced leading men juicier parts to sink their (acting) teeth in, given both the emotionally powerful and thematically-rich nature of the famous Biblical story. Not to mention, when both these stars are at their finest, their screen presence is something to behold – and, with Aronofsky directing, the pair are guaranteed to bring their acting A-games.

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Russell Crowe may take on the part of ‘Noah’ (pictured above in graphic novel form)

An earlier draft of the Noah script has already been realized in graphic novel form, as written by Aronofsky and Ari Handel (The Fountain). Hugo screenwriter John Logan rewrote their script for the film adaptation of Noah, which will finally see Aronofsky working with a sizable studio budget – after his originally-planned, more costly cinematic version of The Fountain fell apart during pre-production. Not to mention, of course, Aronofsky’s decision to withdraw from directing The Wolverine (a.k.a. Wolverine 2) last year.

Noah will nonetheless be a very different sort of nine-figure Hollywood project, seeing how it aims to deliver wondrous apocalyptic imagery and spectacle on a par with films like 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow, while also weaving in a very adult story full of religious and social taboos (heavy drinking, incest, etc.) based on the original Biblical text.

Paramount is eying a Fall 2013 theatrical release date for Noah, with the clear intention to position the film as an awards contender that year. Given the high caliber of talent working behind the scenes and the cast being assembled, that’s definitely a wise move.


We will continue to keep you updated on the status of Noah as more information is released.

Source: Deadline

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  1. “Crowe and Neeson are an acting dream team”
    These were my thoughts exactly, Sandy,
    before I read you write those words.

    I was having doubts about this project
    but with two of my favorite actors
    I am onboard for the flood.

    And I thought The Next Three Days was excellent.
    Both Crowe and Neeson were great together there.

  2. Neeson as Noah, and Crowe as the other. Either way I cant wait for this.

  3. Meh. Sounds really boring.

  4. OMH, Disney get off your ass and offer Neeson the part of Dr. Strange already!!!

  5. Liam Neeson better play God, that’s all I have to say.

  6. Can’t wait to see how they address the general logistics of the absurdity of the Noah’s Ark story: how to build an ark big enough to house all the animals, not to mention the time it would take (and the how) to round them up and load them onto the ship, all while accounting for current biodiversity (not to mention the greater diversity in those “times”)…

    • I know that that to people who don’t believe in it, it’s a huge absurdity but it’s not. I won’t get into a religious debate because I know that most people online won’t see the other sides point but it is possible. If there is a God he could either put or make the animals of the Earth go to there, or it could be that it’s just the animals in the region as other cultures have stories about a huge flood. Also your comments on how long it would take and how are described in the book. So it’s not an absurdity.

      • Yes, let’s please not get into a comment battle about religion that’ll force me to shut the conversation down.


        • I’m sorry Vic, I didnt want to comment but I did so I apologize.

          • Not a problem. I just know that when politics, sex or religion start up as a topic they can get out of hand very quickly when people are commenting from the safety of a keyboard.


  7. I’m just glad they’re attempting a Biblical movie that isn’t about Jesus or Moses. Not that those two aren’t interesting, but we’ve gotten so many movies about them that it’ll be good to see some other Bible stories put to screen.