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For as long as Darren Aronofsky's Noah has been in the casting stage, which began when Russell Crowe signed on to star, we've heard whispers about the Oscar-nominated director wanting Jennifer Connelly to play his female lead. While performers such as Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Douglas Booth have signed on to the movie since, Connelly has remained a question mark in connection to the film. Today the fog has begun to clear.
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.
Jennifer Connelly might not be taking the role of Noah's wife, as has been widely reported. Julianne Moore is apparently also in consideration for that part, though given that she has neither the track record with Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream) or Crowe (A Beautiful Mind) that Connelly does, her casting doesn't seem quite as intuitive
Darren Aronofsky has been trying to make his version of the biblical tale of Noah for years now, and is finally getting it done. After finding financing from Paramount and New Regency, the project's wheels finally began to spin and the director was even successfully able to nab Russell Crowe as his star. But now, after a few months of waiting things seem to be really in motion as just days after the signing of Logan Lerman and Douglas Booth, Noah has found one of its female leads.
Those familiar with the story of Noah's ark know that it wasn't just Noah and two of every animal aboard the giant ship. When God sent the message, he told the titular hero to also take his family. Obviously this is a good element to have for film version of the story, as it gives Noah somebody to talk to other than some zebras and a porcupine, but it also means that actors need to be found for the other parts.
Earlier this month, we learned that Paramount had set the release date for Darren Aronofsky's Noah for March 2014. The lengthy wait for the adaptation of the classic Old Testament story will likely give us plenty of time to wrap our minds around the idea of a bible-focused Aronofsky story. In the meantime, some interesting new details have emerged about the project, including cast additions and the film's targeted rating.
The script was written by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage and Aronofsky is also signed on to produce. It should be noted that while Paramount is in talks now, should things not work out with the studio in the next few days the project could go to another company interested in backing the movie.
Darren Aronofsky is likely known for the darker tone of his movies, with films like Requiem For a Dream, and more recently Black Swan among his directing credits. This causes me to wonder what we might expect from Paramount Pictures and New Regency’s Noah, which Aronosky is set to direct.
It’s the hope of Aronofsky’s producing partners at Arnon Milchan’s New Regency that Noah can represent a return to edgier, more-character-driven dramas like the studio used to put its name on. As Deadline notes, Milchan’s influence helped make Fight Club, Heat and the outstanding L.A. Confidential with Crowe.
Crowe has officially entered talks to star in Noah, Aronofsky's epic take on the famous Noah's Ark story. It was previously rumored that Aronofsky wanted Christian Bale for the title role, however, that didn't work out. Crowe's name first entered this mix earlier this month when it was reported that the director was looking at both the Gladiator star and Liam Neeson. Should the deal go through, Crowe and Aronofsky will begin work on the film this summer.
It hasn't actually been that long since Crowe headlined a big epic, but it's easy to forget that Ridley Scott's 2010 Robin Hood ever happened, so I don't blame you for not remembering Crowe all that well in action-hero mode. But even in his scruffy, middle-aged state, Crowe actually seems pretty perfect for Noah, especially if Aronofsky can get him to buckle down
On his recent podcast, Wells relays a story of a conversation he had with Aronofsky’s cinematographer Matthew Libatique, who revealed that shooting would begin in July in New York and Iceland, and that they’re targeting a possible Fall 2013 release date. He also says the script brings in a villain for Noah
Obviously the big question now is who Aronofsky will go after next. His last two films - The Wrestler and Black Swan - both earned their lead actors Oscar nominations, the latter winning Natalie Portman acting's highest honor. All of a sudden this may be one of the most sought after roles in the industry. So who do you want to see star in Noah now. It's kind of an obvious choice, but I think the director might want to give Michael Fassbender some consideration.
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Back in February we learned that Darren Aronofsky had set his sights on directing a religious epic around the story of Noah and his famous ark. However, even with his impressive showing with Black Swan, landing some cash for the project was going to be a struggle. Never a man to follow the beaten path, Aronofsky took a unique approach to courting financiers and teamed up with artist Nico Henrichon to create a graphic novel of the story to aid his pitches.
The Robocop reboot has been waiting in the wings for someone to pick it up for quite a while now. Aronofsky was the first to show interest and he even finished a script, but along came the chance to make his passion project, Black Swan, and his involvement with the film slowly disintegrated as MGM’s finances crumbled. Slowly though the company got back on its feet and hired another director, Brazilian film maker Jose Padilha, and Robocop is well on its way to finding the big screen.
Before Christopher Nolan took over with Batman Begins the studio was figuring out a lot of ways to move on with Batman, and at one point had Darren Aronofsky working on an adaptation called Batman: Year One. At some point during that development back in 2001, Aronofsky turned to the person he knew who'd made a Batman movie and asked for some advice
The next question is who he'll get on board to star. It seems like he'd pretty much have his choice of anyone-- no more hiring actors like Mickey Rourke and Natalie Portman and asking them to work for pennies on a small-scale production. Rumor had it back in June that he wanted Christian Bale for it
Though he's been playing Batman since 2005, Christian Bale has not allowed himself to be identified solely by character. Though his performances as the Dark Knight have been incredibly memorable, Bale has also put on stellar performances in movies like The Prestige, 3:10 To Yuma and The Fighter in the time since (the last in the list giving him his first Academy Award).
We don’t care where Darren Aronoksky makes this epic retelling of the Biblical story of Noah and the Ark. We just want him to get the project in the water, both physically and metaphorically speaking. So news that a major studio is nearing a deal to produce Aronofsky’s Black Swan follow up is promising.