Say what you will about director Darren Aronofsky’s decision to follow up the box office success of Black Swan with an old-school Biblical epic, but there’s already one thing for sure… the filmmaker is assembling an incredibly talented cast to bring his vision of Noah to life.
Russell Crowe is already signed to play the title character, and both Jennifer Connelly – who collaborated with Aronofsky on Requiem for a Dream – and Ray Winstone - who appeared with Hopkins (albeit through motion-capture) in 2007's Beowulf - are in talks for the female lead and villain roles, respectively. Now, Aronofsky himself has taken to his Twitter account to announce that Sir Anthony Hopkins has officially signed on for the film as well.
Judging by Aronofsky’s tweet, it looks like Hopkins will appear as Methuselah, the Biblical figure who famously lived until the age of 969. In addition, he was Noah’s grandfather and passed away just prior to the beginning of the Great Flood. While no official statement has yet been made on how Hopkins’ role will figure into the plot, it’s likely that the majority of his scenes will be with Crowe as Noah comes to terms with his God-given task of building an ark in anticipation of the aforementioned storm.
Hopkins has been picking up a number of projects lately. He is already set to reprise his role as Odin in next year’s Thor 2 and to appear alongside fellow Brit Helen Mirren in Hitchcock. Furthermore, the Oscar-winning actor recently signed on to star in RED 2 (also co-starring Mirren).
At this early stage, there’s no way of knowing how Aronosky’s epic will turn out. Hopkins' filmography is loaded with films both critically beloved (The Silence of the Lambs) and maligned (The Wolfman). The story of Noah has been tackled numerous times in years past, but if Aronosky’s past work is any indication, the film will likely feature a fresh – and increasingly star-studded – take on an old tale.
Noah is currently set to sail into theaters on March 28, 2014.