Just like the eponymous character’s really big boat, Darren Aronofsky’s long gestated biblical epic, Noah, is finally starting to take shape. Russell Crowe has been confirmed to be taking on the titular role and there’s been talk of Liam Neeson playing his unnamed nemesis. No, that doens’t mean that Neeson will be playing the flood itself, but judging by how badass he’s become lately, I’m pretty sure that he could.
Now Paramanount Pictures have finally given us a date for when the flooding begins, and it also looks like Crowe might be in for a Beautiful Mind reunion as well.
According to The Playlist, Paramanount has set the release date for the epic as March 28, 2014. The film begins production in July, which should give Aronofsky more than ample time to construct all the sets and post production effects that the film will more than likely require for it’s apocalyptic vistas.
Aronofsky has apparently been developing this story idea in one form or another since his teens (even producing a French graphic novel version of it last year) and he previously had this to say about the project:
“Since I was a kid, I have been moved and inspired by the story of Noah and his family’s journey. The imaginations of countless generations have sparked to this epic story of faith. It’s my hope that I can present a window into Noah’s passion and perseverance for the silver screen.”
He also described the titular character as ”a man who loves Earth and all of its animal inhabitants, but has become disillusioned with the way humans have treated their planet.” For those of you fearing that this equates to flower-power-hippie- Noah, have no fear as it has been reported that the film will be exploring the biblical figure’s alcoholic tendencies and will have an edgier and intense tone. Judging by Aronofsky’s body of work, if there are two adjectives that he can definitely deliver on, it would be those, and if there’s one man that can do “alcoholic tendencies” it’s Russell Crowe.
Possibly joining Noah on that edgy boat is Jennifer Connelly, who looks to be in talks to take on the role of his wife, Naameh. Connelly previously starred in Aronofsky’s possibly most well known and controversial work, Requiem For a Dream, and this would be the second time that she would play Crowe’s on-screen wife, as she previously had to put up with his mad ravings (the character’s not Crowe’s, though that’s an easy mistake to make) in Ron Howard’s award winning A Beautiful Mind.
There are also reports that Paramount is interested in Hannah star Saoirse Ronan for an as yet unnamed supporting role, though this has yet to be confirmed.