Ray Winstone May Go Up Against Russell Crowe In Aronofsky's Noah

By Eric Eisenberg 2012-06-11 18:59:42discussion comments
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There has been a flurry of casting reports for Darren Aronofsky's Noah as of late. Both Logan Lerman and Douglas Booth signed on at the start of the month and it was recently reported that Emma Watson is in talks. One part that remained up for grabs, however, has been the antagonist of the film. With Russell Crowe set to play the titular ark-builder, the production has looked at both Liam Neeson and Liev Schreiber for the part, but now an offer is out to someone totally new.

Deadline says that the villain part in Noah has been offered to Ray Winstone. It is said that negotiation will begin soon. The British-born actor is best known for his roles in movies like The Departed, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Sexy Beast and Hugo. He most recently played one of the dwarfs, Gort, in Rupert Sanders' Snow White and the Huntsman. The new news also says that Val Kilmer was among the actors that Aronfsky considered for the part. There is still word that Jennifer Connelly may reunite with the Requiem For A Dream helmer to play Noah's wife.

The story, of course, tells the biblical tale of a man who gets word from god that the reset button is being hit with a great flood. God then commands Noah to build a giant arc that will house two of every animal on the planet as well as his family. It is unknown at this time how a human antagonist will play a role in the story, but details should be revealed as the project heads closer to production.
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