Russell Crowe to build Noah’s Ark

Russell Crowe at the Picadilly Circus, London ...

Russell Crowe at the Picadilly Circus, London while filming A Good Year (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Paramount Pictures and New Regency have confirmed that Russel Crowe will play Noah in director Darren Aornofksy’s (The Wrestler, Black Swan) Biblical movie of the same name. The screenplay was written by Aronofsky and Ari Handel (a story-by credit on The Fountain) with John Logan (Gladiator, Hugo) performing revisions.

For those of you unfamiliar with the story Aronofsky provides a synopsis: God, angered by the rampant sin in the world, has no choice but to purify the planet by flooding it. Noah, a mage and seasoned warrior who’s turned on to the path of peace, has been tasked with the divine mission of saving creation from the coming flood.

On Crowe’s casting, Aronofsky said, “It’s his immense talent that helps me to sleep at night. I look forward to being wowed by him every day.”

Unfortunately, Crowe hasn’t wowed audiences since 2009’s State of Play. Still, things may be looking up for the 48 year-old actor who recently spent time in England filming scenes for Tom Hooper’s (The King’s Speech) adaptation of the musical Les Miserables which in turn is an adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel of the same name. Crowe plays Inspector Javert opposite Hugh Jackman‘s Jean Valjean.

The 1998 movie was an adaptation of the novel and not the musical and saw Liam Neeson and Geoffrey Rush play Valjean and Javert respectively. Neeson has also been reported to be circling a part in Aronofsky’s vision of Noah. While I imagined it was God (he’s already been one on Mount Olympus) Collider suggests it might be the part of the villain. The villain has been described as someone that questions Noah’s faith.

While I did find the fact that Aronofsky’s Noah was a mage and seasoned warrior interesting I didn’t think there’d be much demand to see this movie with a price tag of $130 million…until I saw the trailer for the graphic novel

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Unfortunately, the titles are in French but that still doesn’t detract from the fact that the trailer was epic! Also, doesn’t Noah look like a grumpy old Thor?

The graphic novel had initially been a means for Aronofsky to market his vision for Noah.

Filming is set to begin in July in Iceland and New York with an eye on releasing the movie on March 28, 2014.

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