Russell Crowe Confirmed As Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 8:48 pm,

Although it’s been pretty much a foregone conclusion that Russell Crowe is set to headline Darren Aronofsky’s Noah film for the past two months, Paramount Pictures and New Regency just barely officially confirmed that the star of such Oscar-winning titles as Gladiator and A Beautiful Mind will indeed portray the titular Biblical figure for Aronofsky.

Principal photography gets underway on Noah this July, so as to make a March 2014 theatrical release date. Certain portions of the film will be shot in Iceland – which has also recently provided natural landscapes for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and HBO’s Game of Thrones series – though, a good chunk of production will unfold on sound stages in New York.

Here is the studio-sanctioned logline for Noah (via the official press release):

NOAH is a close adaptation of the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark. In a world ravaged by human sin, Noah is given a divine mission: to build an Ark to save creation from the coming flood. The screenplay was written by Aronofsky and Ari Handel and revised by Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter John Logan (GLADIATOR, HUGO).

Even before Crowe came aboard for Noah – which is based on Aronofsky and Handel’s graphic novel treatment of the original Biblical story – the involvement of the director behind such titles as Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan was enough to ensure our attention. Plus, with a budget of $130 million at his disposal, Aronofsky will finally have the chance to fully-realize his vision of a Roland Emmerich scale, effects-heavy apocalyptic blockbuster, which the filmmaker has (to some degree) been sitting on since his original, costlier, version of The Fountain fell apart during pre-production.

Casting rumors for the supporting roles in Noah are already circulating, with people like Liam Neeson, Crowe’s Beautiful Mind co-star Jennifer Connelly and Oscar-nominee Saoirse Ronan (Hanna) currently rumored to be either in talks or in mind to appear in the film. Expect something more official on the matter in the near future, as Aronofsky gears up to start shooting his religious, environmental disaster picture.

Noah is scheduled to arrive in theaters around the U.S. on March 28th, 2014.

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Source: Paramount Pictures/New Regency

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  1. It should be interesting to see what Aronofsky can do with such a big budget at his disposal.
    Even though he’s well known amongst cinema buffs he isn’t that big of a household name.
    But considering the topic and release date which I think will be around Easter he will really enter the so called mainstream.

  2. This cannot be good. I smell hollywood propaganda being interwoven throughout the entire story. Hide ya kids, hide ya wives ya’ll.

    • can it be the smell coming from a comment?:)

  3. Aronofsky, Crowe, Neeson, Connelly and Ronan? Yes please. Will be seeing this opening night.

  4. they left the flood gates open again,look out sinners beware here comes Noah,i wonder how they’re do the animals get two of every kind and board the ark or special effects,it will be interesting to see though especially with todays special effects they have .

  5. The director already said he considers Noah to be the first environmentalist. Here’s his quote to Slashfilm in 2008-

    “It’s the end of the world and it’s the second most famous ship after the Titanic. So I’m not sure why any studio won’t want to make it,” said Aronofsky. “I think it’s really timely because it’s about environmental apocalypse which is the biggest theme, for me, right now for what’s going on on this planet. So I think it’s got these big, big themes that connect with us. Noah was the first environmentalist.”

    This will be a fail version of Noah as the essence of the story is faith in God and from what the director has said he doesn’t consider this to be a very religious story.

    “I don’t think it’s a very religious story… I think it’s a great fable that’s part of so many different religions and spiritual practices. I just think it’s a great story that’s never been on film.” … “He’s a dark, complicated character. The tragedies we perform on each other are so well reported. Quite clearly, the planet is dying, and we are dying on it.”

    I don’t know why Hollywood would make the movie and leave faith out of it. If they made a movie that emphasized Noah’s faith and followed the story, they would clean up at the box office.

    Special thanks to Christian Toto over at Big Hollywood for the quotes.

    • That’s massively depressing…. I have to admit it’s been a while since I’ve read anything about Noah, but as I recall it had nothing to do with the environment. It was about literally washing away the corrupt and unclean. I might go and re-read those bible stories and hope Aronofsky does the same.

  6. Haha, gotta love the reactions to this. I think it could be really cool.

  7. What’s the graphic novel about? Is it the original biblical story in graphical form or a complete different interpretation.
    The story in the bible most likely refers to a real event in history.
    The scientist are not realy sure which event, but there are some possibilities.
    Maybe it is a more realistic approach, without any god involved.
    A natural disaster (a very big tsunami), and the people back then thought it is a punishment by a god. Maybe it is some sort of historical, natural disater drama (say this 5 times quickly in a row :D ).

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