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.

When I think of Aronofsky, I think Black Swan and Requiem For a Dream, which leads to a sort of squirming sensation and the strange combination of the desire to re-watch these movies and never watch them again. I'm never quite sure which comes through louder. Probably the former. Regardless, the idea of a film that focuses on Noah as told by Aronofsky is intriguing, to say the least. Add in Russell Crowe's involvement as star, and there's even more reason to look forward to 2014.

Paramount's Adam Goodman spoke to the Hollywood Reporter about a number of topics, among which was Noah. Goodman's response to the inquiry about Aronofsky's film was brief, but filled with interesting tidbits about the project…
It will be a big, robust production and will have tremendous scale. It's the perfect combination of casting [Russell Crowe, Saoirse Ronan and Jennifer Connelly] and a remarkable adventure. This isn't what you think of when you think of Darren, but it will be very true to him as a filmmaker. It will be PG-13 and will likely cost around $125 million.

The PG-13 rating seems like an obvious route to take for a story like this, however it already suggests a deviation from Aronofsky's typically darker (and usually R-rated) style. As are the mentions of "big, robust production" and "a remarkable adventure," which likewise seem fitting for a story like this, especially when factoring in the inevitable flood, but don't quite fit the more dramatic style of filmmaking that we've seen from some of Aronofsky's other movies. All the more reason to look forward to the film.

And then of course, there's the mention of Saoirse Ronan and Jennifer Connelly. We knew Crowe was set to star, but Ronan and Connelly are very interesting developments that Goodman seems to confirm in his comment. And "perfect combination of casting" really wouldn't be an exaggeration, given the mentioned talent.

We saw some of the best Connelly had to offer when she worked with Aronofsky for Requiem for a Dream. We also know she has great chemistry with Russell Crowe, thanks to A Beautiful Mind. Meanwhile, even with numerous strong performances in previous roles, I feel certain we've only just begun to see Soairse Ronan's potential as an actress. She has number of upcoming projects in the works, including a starring role in the adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's The Host, which at present, happens to release a year (almost to the day) before Noah is set to hit theaters.

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